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Steven Frischling
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Steven Frischling, aka: Fish, is globe hopping professional photographer, airline emerging media consultant working with large global airlines and founder of The Travel Strategist. Fish has racked up more than 1,000,000 miles since he started to track his mileage in 2005.

Fish's travel tends to be less than leisurely, including flying from New York to Basrah, Iraq, for six hours; Hong Kong for eight hours, Kuwait City for two hours and traveling around the world in 3.5 days to shoot a series of photo assignments in 4 cities and 4 countries on 3 separate continents.

Fish grew up at the end of New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L, which probably explains his enjoyment of watching planes, fly overhead. When not shooting photos or traveling Fish designs camera bags, hones is expertise on airline security and spends his time at home cheering for the Red Sox with his 3 kids 102 yards from the ocean.

Jeep … Now Trail Rated For Runways! OK, Not Really

Yesterday morning as Republic Airlines Flight 3137, operating as a US Airways Express flight, flew a mere 100 feet over Philadelphia International Airport’s Runway 9R, ready to set its wheels down after a brief 47 minute flight from Pittsburgh, air traffic controllers order the aircraft to go around.

 

What caused the controllers to order the Embraer ERJ-170-200LR to abort their landing? An unauthorized vehicle driving at a high rate of speed straight down the runway.

 

Initially air traffic controllers believed the unauthorized vehicle to be an airport operations truck, which they initially spotted via the Airport Movement Area Safety System (AMASS) rather than visually due to poor weather visibility, a mere 15 seconds before the aircraft landed.  Upon visual inspection controllers determined the vehicle was in fact not an airport vehicle, but a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with no headlights.

 

Airport operations and police vehicles were lead on a brief chase, spanning three of the airport’s four runways, before the vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested.  The driver of the vehicle had taken his Jeep off the pavement of Hog Island Road, then proceeded to drive his vehicle in reverse through Gate 25, a chain link entrance at the end of Runway 9R.

 

What caused the driver, Kenneth Mazik, of Chadds Ford Township, PA, to go off road outside Philadelphia International Airport, then race down a runway? That is under investigation. Mr. Mazik ha sheen charged with Driving Under The Influence, however Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan, of the Philadelphia Police Department Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Division says that psychological problems have not been ruled out.

 

The race to capture Mr. Mazik lasted approximately five minutes, however flights to and from the airport were interrupted for roughly 35 minutes while law enforcement and K9 units searched the vehicle for explosives and ruled out any intentions of terrorism.

 

So … if you have a Jeep Grand Cherokee you now know your vehicle is both Trail Rated and High Speed Chase Runway Rated.

 

Happy Flying … err … driving?

 

@flyingwithfish

2 Responses

  1. ….maybe it is just a “jeep thing”?

    Nahhh! ;-)

  2. [...] runway,pregnant turtles on the runway (seriously, this happened at New York’s JFK), a rouge Jeep Grand Cherokee on the way (seriously, this happened in Philadelphia), a plane coming in to high, a plane coming in to low … and many other factors that the pilots and [...]

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