'Fidgety' Teen Jumps From Plane in SF

03 August, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • A 17-year-old passenger jumped out of this Copa Airlines plane after it had landed at San Francisco International Airport from Panama City

It's understood the Copa Airlines Flight, from Panama City, was waiting on the tarmac to head to a gate when the incident occurred. A flight attendant stood in front of the open exit to ensure people did not fall out while leaving the plane, he said.

The teen, a USA citizen, was accosted by a construction crew working nearby on the airfield. Other passengers said he seemed anxious and fidgety during the flight and that he acted very quickly, making it hard for anyone to stop him. He said people were yelling to alert the flight attendants after the teen left the plane, which was still taxiing to the arrival gate.

The teen, who has not been identified, opened the emergency exit over the wing and jumped out of the plane before he started running away on the tarmac. Law enforcement took the teen into custody, according to the airline.

Officials are also questioning passengers who were on the flight, ABC 7 reported.


The airline says it is cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation.

"And then this guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs".

It is unknown why the teen jumped out of the plane. "The door's open. Someone jumped off, '" Crowder said. S. citizen, was traveling alone on the Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City headed to San Fransisco, reports AP.

In 2014, a passenger on a China Eastern Airlines plane said he wanted to "get off the plane quicker" and deployed the emergency slide after the plane landed at Sanya Phoenix International Airport.

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