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Idaho man charged with crashing through La Crosse airport gate, attempting to hijack private plane



Cody Anderson (bottom of screen) appears remotely in La Crosse County court on Nov. 13, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

He rammed his car through the La Crosse airport gate and onto the runway, making his way onto a private plane, apparently threatening to blow it up.

Cody Anderson is facing six criminal charges for the Saturday afternoon incident.

Bond for Idaho man, who has relatives in Minnesota, was set at $500,000 in La Crosse County court Monday. The 31-year-old is charged with attempted armed carjacking, making terrorist threats and a bomb scare.

Police said Anderson rammed his car through the gate and onto the runway, before getting on a private plane, where those on the plane say he threatened to blow it up and and seemed intoxicated.

Anderson was also reportedly carrying knives.

Officers placed a Bearcat, military-like vehicle in front of the plane, so it couldn’t take off, before arresting Anderson.

In court, a defense attorney said Anderson has mental health issues, according to his mother.

Along with the $500,000 bond, Judge Scott Horne ordered Anderson have no weapons and make no contact with Colgan Air Services in La Crosse.

Anderson is scheduled back in court Friday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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