CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — A Charleston man was arrested early Friday morning after he was accused of breaking into Yeager Airport and tampering with an aircraft.
Daylen Wayne Brightwell, 21, is charged with felony breaking and entering, according to a news release from Yeager Airport.
The release said an airport night watchman encountered Brightwell in the lobby of the airport about 2 a.m. Friday. He was creating a disturbance and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, the release said.
The watchman called 911 and Kanawha County deputies arrested Brightwell.
At about 4:20 a.m., Delta Global Services employees were conducting a normal security sweep of a commercial aircraft parked on the apron when they discovered a security seal broken, the release said.
The main passenger cabin door and emergency exit door of the United Airlines Dash 8 aircraft #N360PH were open.
According to a criminal complaint, Brightwell broke into the aircraft and rummaged around inside of it. He exited the aircraft using the emergency exit door, which did sustain damage.
The complaint said this caused United Flight 4929 to Dulles International Airport to be canceled.
After reviewing security video, it was determined that the suspect had gained access to the aircraft before going into the lobby, where he was eventually arrested.
As a precaution, a bomb dog was used to conduct a security sweep of the airport. Yeager Airport said it is currently investigating how the suspect gained access to the secured area where the plane was.
Brightwell was also wanted on grand larceny warrant stemming from an incident in February.
Airport officials also are working with the FBI to determine if federal charges will be filed.
He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.