Shirtless man breaks into West Virginia’s Yeager Airport, gains access to parked Delta plane


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Yeager Airport Police have arrested a Charleston, West Virginia man for breaking into the airport.

Daylen Wayne Brightwell, 21, was arrested for felony breaking and entering at Yeager Airport on July 7th, 2017.

An airport night watchman ran into Brightwell around 2:20am in the ticket lobby of the terminal building “creating a disturbance and acting erratic.” According to a release from Yeager Airport, Brightwell appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

The night watchman called 911. Kanawha County Sheriff Deputies quickly detained the man and transported him to the hospital to be evaluated.

Two hours later, employees from Delta Global Services were conducting a normal security sweep of a commercial aircraft parked on the apron when they discovered a security seal broken. The main passenger cabin door was open as well as an emergency exit door. Review of camera footage indicates Brightwell gained access to the aircraft before being encountered by the night watchman.

The airport is currently investigating how the man gained access to the Secured Area apron.

Yeager Airport police are also working with the FBI to determine if Federal charges will be filed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s