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Allegheny County Police Called For Alleged Stowaway

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A US Airways mechanic who allegedly stowed away on a plane was taken by Allegheny County Police for a psychiatric evaluation after landing in Pittsburgh.

Police say the man, who is in his mid-40s, got into an unpressurized compartment of the plane’s tail section at the airport in Tampa, Fla., and remained there until the plane landed in Charlotte, NC.

Police then say the man bought an employee ticket and boarded a second plane for Pittsburgh as a passenger. While in the air, US Airways realized what happened, according to police, so Allegheny County Police were waiting for the man when the plane landed.

He allegedly made comments about hurting himself, so he was taken for a psychiatric evaluation.

The TSA says the man’s access credentials have been revoked during an investigation.

US Airways confirms there was an “incident” with an employee but will not offer details to protect the employee’s privacy.

A few months ago, US Airways had another stowaway incident in which a teenage boy got on to the TARMAC in Charlotte and climbed into a plane’s landing gear. He died during a flight to Boston.

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