Intruder Stages Epic Party on Merkel's Jet

He took off his pants, sprayed foam, did some wing-dancing

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2013 5:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – A stoned intruder managed to get aboard Germany's equivalent of Air Force One, and security officials can take only two positives from the mess: The jet was empty at the time, and the guy apparently had no interest in getting the fully fueled plane into the air. Instead, he staged an epic one-man bash aboard the Airbus used by Angela Merkel, reports Der Spiegel. The intruder, identified as a bodybuilder named Volkan T, "stripped down to his underpants, sprayed fire extinguisher foam around the elegant cream and beige interior, pushed buttons in the cockpit, released an inflatable emergency slide and danced on the wing of the Airbus 319."

Volkan got onto the parked plane by climbing up on a wing and then through an emergency exit, authorities say. After he finally tripped an alarm, the army went on its highest stage of alert and surrounded the jet. But it still took four hours to arrest the intruder, who was armed with marijuana and ecstasy pills and refused entreaties to leave. Finally, authorities rolled up steps and sent in a police dog, who bit Volkan on the leg and brought the party to an end. The plane will be out of commission for several weeks with an estimated $133,000 in damage.

File photo of a German Airbus jet used by Angela Merkel. It's not clear if this is the jet that got damaged.   (AP Photo/dapd/ Oliver Lang)
File photo of Angela Merkel exiting one of her government's jets.   (AP Photo/Bundesregierung, Guido Bergmann)
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