July 21, 2022
BIG FLATS – A Texas man is in custody after police say he made unauthorized entry into the Elmira Corning Regional Airport yesterday evening.
According to Sheriff William Schrom, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 6:28 pm for a report of a vehicle that had driven through the airport perimeter fence. When deputies arrived, they learned that 34 year old Craig S. Wang of Murphy, Texas had driven through two perimeter fenced and attempted to enter an airplane that was locked and secured on the airport property.
Schrom says that Wang is not a licensed pilot, and has no privileges to be in any authorized area of the property.
Deputies notified federal authorities, including the TSA and FBI.
Wang was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a Class E felony, Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor, as well as numerous Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. He was transported to the Arnot ogden Medical Center in Elmira where he will undergo a mental health evaluation.
Deputies were assisted by members of the Airport Operations team who responded swiftly as the incident occurred.
Schrom adds that members of the public were in no danger at any time during the incident.