Taiwan arrests Russian who jumped onto landing gear of departing CAL flight

Reason behind incident still under investigation

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Police arrest suspect (left) who jumped onto flight's landing gear.

Police arrest suspect (left) who jumped onto flight's landing gear. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a bizarre incident comparable to an action movie scene, a man believed to be a Russian citizen ran onto the tarmac at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and jumped onto the landing gear of a China Airlines (CAL) flight just before takeoff, reports said Saturday (Nov. 2).

The incident occurred about 2 p.m. on Saturday and was reported to the authorities by the crew of an Asiana plane taxiing behind the CAL flight, UDN reported.

CAL flight 28 was about to depart for the Pacific island nation of Palau when a man described as foreign-looking emerged from the grass near the runway and jumped onto the landing gear of the aircraft. The Asiana crew reported the incident to the control tower, asking that they immediately order the CAL plane to stop preparations to take off.

Police detained the man, who according to UDN, was not carrying any identification and refused to speak, though cable station TVBS reported that he was a Russian citizen.

Later reports indicated that the authorities were unable to find any evidence, such as fingerprint records, of how the man had entered Taiwan in the first place.