Police have arrested a man who managed to climb the wing of a departing Alaska Airlines plane at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport on Saturday.
Passengers watched in shock — and filmed — inside Alaska Airlines flight 1367 from Las Vegas to Portland when they saw the man climbing onboard the wing, sitting down and eventually taking off his shoes and socks during his estimated 45-minute stint.
“WTH did I just witness?” passenger Erin Evans asked on Twitter, while posting video of the incident..
According to a statement from Alaska Airlines obtained by USA TODAY, the flight “was preparing for take-off when the pilot noticed an individual advancing towards the aircraft. The pilots notified the tower. Law enforcement was dispatched and [was] able to apprehend the individual.”
Police arrested Alejandro Carlson, 41, ABC News reported, citing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The suspect moved about the wing for nearly 45 minutes before he fell onto the tarmac, passenger Evans told ABC, calling the incident “definitely one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Video shows the man walking to the very edge of the wing, taking off his shoes and socks for traction, sliding off the wing and falling roughly to the tarmac. He was apprehended immediately by police, the video shows.
“Our guests and employees are safe and we are working with law enforcement. The plane returned to the gate for a full inspection,” Alaska Airlines said in the statement.
The man was treated for minor injuries at University Medical Center and booked into the Clark County Jail for trespassing and disregard for public safety, police told ABC News. The investigation is ongoing.
USA TODAY has reached out to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police for further comment.