Digital Version of November/December 2014 Print Edition
Man who broke through airport perimeter fence in Jeep sentenced
Kenneth Richard Mazik
The 25-year-old man who charged through a fence surrounding the Philadelphia International Airport in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee and lead police on a danger-filled chase down the facility’s runways last March will serve 16 months in prison and pay almost $100,000 in fines.
Kenneth Richard Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, PA, was handed the prison sentence by a federal judge on Oct. 24 for disrupting airport services and endangering its safety. Mazik was also ordered to pay $91,092 in restitution to the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration, and USAirways. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and is subject to three years’ supervised release.
He had faced a possible 20-year prison term and $250,000 in fines.
Press reports have said at the time of the fracas, Mazik was addicted to the attention deficit prescription drug Adderall, and was suffering stress as a new father.
Around 11 a.m. on March 1, 2012, Mazik crashed his vehicle through a locked gate on the perimeter of the airport as an airplane was approaching for landing, said the FBI. He turned onto runway 9R, running over and damaging two of the runway threshold lights that alert approaching aircraft to the beginning of the runway, it said.
Mazik sped down the runway as a passenger jet airplane approached from his rear, said the FBI. Fortunately, the FAA air traffic controller was able to divert the plane and waive off an additional passenger plane.
As he sped off runway 9R, the FBI said Mazik narrowly missing an airport antenna, crossed a second active runway, and continued toward the eastern end of the runway systems. He then sped down runway 27R pursued by Philadelphia police, driving the entire length of runway 27R, before stopping on an adjacent taxiway where he was arrested. Mazik’s actions closed the airport for 30 minutes, and numerous planes were delayed, causing financial expense and losses to Philadelphia International Airport, said the FBI.