Police Identify Man Who Drove Pickup Into Southwest Plane

OMAHA, Neb. (CBS4/AP) – Authorities have identified a man who was wearing only boxer shorts when he stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, causing minor injuries to three people on board.

Delairo Koonce (credit: Omaha police)

Delairo Koonce (credit: Omaha police)

Eppley Airfield Police Chief Tim Conahan says an officer spotted Delairo Koonce outside the terminal Thursday evening, screaming that people were trying to kill him. When officers approached, Koonce ran, climbed a fence into the gate area, undressed and stole an airline pickup. He drove into the plane, which was headed to Denver, as passengers were boarding.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Koonce is in the hospital and in custody and has not yet been charged.

Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz said Friday that the plane’s nose gear tires were flattened, so another plane flew the 113 passengers to Denver, landing three hours later than originally scheduled.

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