PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say an employee who is contracted out by Frontier Airlines was stabbed to death by a co-worker at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday morning after a fight over a light.
Police say a fight in a maintenance break room on the tarmac between three Worldwide Flight Services employees, who are contracted by Frontier Airlines to clean planes, over an overhead light led to the fatal stabbing.
Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker says one man turned off a light and the other wanted it on. A friend jumped in and three men became physical.
“The weather’s up, people’s nerves may be a little high and they’re out there and they are cleaning planes and it’s hot,” said Walker.
Police say a 35-year-old man stabbed his 28-year-old co-worker in the upper left thigh, most likely with a box cutter. They are still searching for the weapon.
The victim was transported to Presbyterian Hospital where he died.
Authorities say the 35-year-old suspect ran away following the stabbing, but airport police were able to catch him and he is now in custody.
Frontier says they have been in contact with Worldwide Flight Services following the incident.
“The Frontier Airlines family is saddened to learn about this event and our hearts go out to those touched by the tragedy. We have reached out to WFS to assist them in any way possible as they deal with this incident,” the airline said in a statement.
Police say no passengers were in danger at the time of the stabbing and flights did not stop.
“There was no disruption to airport flights at all. Everything went as to the protocols of the police department and the Aviation Division. Police the Aviation Division, TSA, everybody worked together,” said Walker.
Officials are reviewing procedures for maintenance workers following the stabbing.
The names of the victim and suspect have not yet been released.