October 30, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who drove an SUV onto a Philadelphia airport runway, forcing a passenger jet on final approach to abort its landing, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison and told to pay $92,000 in restitution.
Twenty-five-year-old Kenneth Mazik was sentenced Wednesday for crashing through a gate on March 1 and leading police on a runway chase at speeds topping 100 mph. He told the court he was "so thankful" that no one was hurt.
Mazik, of Chadds Ford, pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of disrupting airport operations and endangering passengers. Mazik says he was addicted to the ADHD drug Adderall and was under stress because he recently became a father.