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Man climbs onto wing of airplane before takeoff in Las Vegas

The Alaska Airlines flight was preparing for takeoff when the pilot spotted him approaching the aircraft and notified control tower operators.

Authorities arrested a man who walked on the wing of a passenger jet before falling off at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport on Saturday, authorities said.

The man had jumped over an airport fence before he made his way to the wing of the Alaska Airlines passenger jet, NBC affiliate KSNV in Las Vegas reported.

Video obtained by NBC News showed the man walking on the wing, grabbing the winglet (the fin at the end of the wing), taking off his shoes and trying to climb up the winglet. As officers approached on the wing, he slipped and hit the ground.

He was taken into custody and transported to a medical facility, said McCarran spokesman Joe Rajchel.

Alaska Airlines said in a statement that the plane was preparing for takeoff, bound for Portland, Oregon, about 2 p.m. when the pilot spotted the man approaching the aircraft and notified control tower operators.

"Law enforcement was dispatched and able to apprehend the individual," the airline said. "Our guests and employees are safe and we are working with law enforcement. The plane returned to the gate for a full inspection."

KSNV reported that authorities believe the man, who was not named, might suffer from mental illness or impairment.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for information.