TIA Security Gate, Fence Damaged During Police Chase - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News: Crime

TIA Security Gate, Fence Damaged During Police Chase

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Oklahoma -

Tulsa International Airport closed one of its runways Wednesday morning after a stolen utility truck being chased by troopers crashed through a security fence gate and drove across an active runway.

TIA spokesperson Alexis Higgins says the runway had to be closed so workers could look for debris that may have been left behind when the ONG truck crossed the runway.

TIA reopened the west runway a little after 10:30 a.m.

She says the truck entered airport property by crashing through a security gate south of the Air and Space Museum on the north end of TIA.

The truck's driver then made a u-turn, crossing the runway for a second time, then knocking down a nearby security fence and getting on 36th Street North, heading west toward Highway 75.

OHP spokesperson Dwight Durant said a trooper chasing the truck saw a commercial airliner about to take off so he used his cruiser to try to spin out the truck. Durant said it's OHP policy not to try a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver on a truck but the trooper believed he had no choice because of the threat to all the people on that airplane. The trooper tried the maneuver twice but the truck kept going.

Records show ExpressJet Flight 3946 to Houston left TIA at 6:18 a.m. and United Flight 1872 left at 6:27 a.m.

5/24/2017 Related Story: OHP: Truck Thief Threatened Loaded Airliner Before Causing Deadly Highway Crash

Higgins said the chase and security breach did not cause any delays for commercial air service at Tulsa International Airport.  

Special Features

Bridge Tracker

How safe are Oklahoma?s bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.


Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on The News On 6? Find it here!

Murrah Bombing Timeline

Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Cold Cases

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Survival Guide

    What can you do to survive a crime? Find advice for personal safety here.

  • Links

    Looking for a website you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.