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Worker fired after driving on CLE active runway

Posted at 5:44 AM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 05:44:49-05

A Cleveland Hopkins International Airport worker has been fired for driving on to an active runway during snow removal operations. 

Field maintenance foreman Clyde Dunham was terminated from his position following the Jan. 18 runway incursion, the airport announced Thursday. 

Airport officials said he passed just under a plane that was taking off. 

Dunham had been employed at CLE since 2002. He served as a field maintenance foreman for the last five years.

The airport released this statement to newsnet5.com regarding the incident: 

This Runway Incursion was a serious incident and his actions were contrary to established airfield driving protocols and extensive training programs required of all personnel.  We have worked closely with the FAA during this investigation and will continue to work collectively to resolve this incident.  The human and procedural factors involved in this event have resulted in additional training and a close review of airfield driving procedures.  CLE remains a safe and secure airport and we are committed to continuing the enhancement of airfield operations.