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Robert Bump was arrested after he was caught running onto a taxiway and beating on a Southwest Airlines plane at Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Robert Bump was arrested after he was caught running onto a taxiway and beating on a Southwest Airlines plane at Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A man arrested by Phoenix police after he jumped a fence and ran onto a taxiway at Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday became the fifth person in a decade to breach the airport's fence.

Robert Edward Bump, 49, was watched by workers in the airport's tower as he climbed over the 8-foot tall fence on the north side of the airport and onto the tarmac near Terminal 3 about 5:30 p.m. Christmas Day, said Phoenix police Officer James Holmes.

The air traffic controllers were alerted by a witness, said Sky Harbor spokeswoman Debra Ostreicher.

A Southwest plane that had just landed was stopped and waiting to proceed to the terminal when the pilot was told the man was approaching the aircraft.

The pilot turned off the engines, and Bump struck one of the engines with his hands, Holmes said.

Ostreicher said it took police, who have a substation at the airport, about four minutes from the time the tower called to apprehend Bump.

At no time did Bump show any indications of domestic terrorism and no passengers or workers were in danger, Ostreicher said. She said the only danger was to Bump himself.

Holmes said Bump showed signs of possible drug or alcohol impairment and was booked into jail for entering a restricted area of the airport.

Holmes said police don't know a motive for Bump's actions.

This was the fourth breach of a fence in the last decade.

On Nov. 15, 2012, a woman with a child in her car drove through a fence at the airport and onto the runway.

Koko Anderson said she believes her bipolar disorder and underlying medical conditions related to a difficult birth led to her confusion and the Phoenix Police Department's speculation that she was on drugs the night she ran through the fence.

In June 2005, Damian Holmes led law enforcement on a chase that ended at the airport.

In 2003, two teenagers in a stolen car crashed through a fence and drove onto the airfield.

Phoenix-Sky Harbor has received $10 million from the federal government in recent years for security enhancements, including the sensor system.

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