Teen opens emergency exit, jumps from jet at San Francisco Airport
Aug 03, 2017, 00:29
A teenager opened the emergency door of a jet that had just landed in San Francisco Tuesday, climbed out onto the wing and then jumped onto the tarmac in an exit that stunned passengers and landed him in custody.
Copa Airlines said in a statement that emergency exits over wings are meant to be opened by passengers at lower altitudes to allow evacuations in emergencies.
The plane, a Boeing 737, had been waiting to taxi to its arrival gate after the seven and a half-hour flight, airport officials told NBC Bay Area.
The teen, a US citizen, was accosted by a construction crew working nearby on the airfield. The plane went to the assigned gate and all the passengers were de-boarded safely.
A passenger has opened an aeroplane door and jumped out prior to the plane arriving at the terminal in San Francisco.
Customs and Border Protection is investigating the incident. Police are questioning passengers who were onboard the flight. "This guy, I see him jump on the wing, and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs".
"We are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to support the ongoing investigation", the company said. S. citizen, was traveling alone on the Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City headed to San Fransisco, reports AP.
He says they were yelling to tell the flight attendants that the door was open and someone had jumped off.
In April in the same year, a United Airlines flight attendant also pulled off a similar incident by jumping off an aircraft.
The teenager, who has not been named, then slid down the wing onto the tarmac after it landed on Tuesday.
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