Man ‘Locks himself in plane’ at Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport

In what could be a massive security lapse, a man has been booked after he allegedly broke through a security cordon at Heathrow Airport, London, climbed aboard an empty British Airways plane and locked himself in the cockpit.

Louis Pedro Verdasca dos Santos Costa, was remanded in custody after being charged with three offences, including unlawfully being on an aircraft.

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The 38-year-old is accused of breaching security on the Heathrow perimeter before gaining access to the BA engineering base at Hatton Cross on Saturday.

He was spotted climbing into the cabin of an empty Boeing 747 aircraft, before fleeing to the flight deck and locking him behind the high-security cockpit doors, it is claimed.

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After struggling to breach the bomb and bulletproof doors, fire brigade officers were eventually able to break into the cockpit.

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