Airport runway crasher scheduled for sentencing today

Posted: October 25, 2012

Kenneth Richard Mazik, the Chadds Ford man who crashed a Jeep through a gate at Philadelphia International Airport and led police on a high-speed chase, is expected to be sentenced today.

Mazik, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court in July to disrupting and endangering safety at the airport.

He faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $250,000. He is also set to pay $91,272 in restitution.

Mazik drove his black Jeep Grand Cherokee through a locked gate in March and raced onto a runway, causing an approaching plane to be diverted.

Philadelphia police chased him down the length of another runway before he surrendered.

Mazik says he has undergone treatment for abusing the prescription drug Adderall, which contributed to the incident that forced a passenger jet on final approach to abort its landing. He told the court he was being treated for depression and hyperactivity disorder.

The University of Delaware graduate is currently free on bail with GPS monitoring and is confined to his mother's residence.

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