A man has been arrested after breaking through a security fence at London Heathrow and locking himself in a BA plane's cockpit.
Louis Pedro Verdasca dos Santos Costa, 38, a Portuguese national who lives in London, managed to get through a security perimeter at Heathrow before heading to the BA engineering base at Hatton Cross, where the empty Boeing 747 plane was parked.
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ITV News reports that the man locked himself in the flight deck, and that it took the fire brigade a long time to get him out as the plane's cockpit is designed to ward off acts of terrorism.
The cockpit doors are bomb and bullet proof in a bid to protect the pilots from mid-flight incidents.
Speaking to Sky News, an unnamed source said: "It was a very difficult and complex situation and in the end the fire brigade had to be called to the plane and carried out a long and very protracted operation to get into the cockpit from outside.
"It is a terrifying situation when you think about it. Here is a man who not only has managed to go air-side at one of the world's busiest airports but he has successfully got to a Boeing 747 jet liner and found it open and was able to climb aboard.
In a statement a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said that a 38-year-old man had been arrested and was being held in custody at a West London police station.
According to the Metro, a spokesman said: "Louis Pedro Verdasca dos Santos Costa, 38, of Hounslow, west London was charged on Saturday, 5 March with two counts: of unlawfully being airside, and of unlawfully being on an aircraft.
"He has been remanded into custody at a west London police station and will appear at court at the earliest opportunity next week."