(LOS ANGELES) — A jet carrying 76 passengers was forced to abort takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday morning after an airport employee drove an unauthorized vehicle onto the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The Delta Connection jet, a Kansas City-bound Embraer E170 operated by Compass Air, was headed down the runway at just under 100 mph when tower alarms alerted air traffic control that a vehicle was driving toward the plane.
With the car just 3,500 feet away, the pilot punched the brakes as officials rushed out to stop the vehicle.
The vehicle was escorted off the runway and the driver, a longtime airport employee who was not authorized to drive there, was issued a citation, the airport said.
Meanwhile, air traffic controllers were dealing with two other issues — one emergency landing due to an on-board cardiac arrest and another due to a mechanical issue.
The Delta Connection plane eventually circled back around and departed LAX about an hour later without incident.
The FAA is investigating.
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