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Man drives Jeep onto Philadelphia airport runway

A man believed to have been drunk has been arrested after crashing his SUV through a fence and onto an active runway at Philadelphia's main airport. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

A man drove a civilian vehicle onto a runway at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning, authorities say.

Police were called after a black Jeep Cherokee drove into the airfield at about 10 a.m, sources tell NBC10 Philadelphia.

Police stopped the vehicle and took the male driver into custody at 11:13 a.m., police say.

Sources tell NBC10 Philadelphia that the Jeep drove into a fence on the airfield and police chased the vehicle down the runway. The man who was taken into custody was in his 20s.

Authorities then stopped all inbound and outbound air traffic while police searched the Jeep for explosives. None were found, sources say.

Authorities then stopped all inbound and outbound air traffic for a short period. The FAA announced that some arriving flights were delayed an average of 34 minutes because of "security" issues.

Two of the airport's four runways had reopened by noon.

This story originally appeared on NBC10 Philadelphia.

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