Copa Airlines says one of its planes had landed in San Francisco and was heading to a gateway when a 17-year-old boy sitting in an exit row unexpectedly opened the emergency door, slid down the plane's wing and jumped onto a tarmac.
He was confronted by construction staff working nearby and held until police arrived to arrest him.
"It was as if he was like flying out, like it was really fast", passenger Sophia Gibson of San Jose, California told broadcaster KNTV.
A 17-year-old boy jumped off from an airplane on Tuesday by opening its emergency door. The door's open. Someone jumped off, ' " Crowder added.
A teenager is in custody in San Francisco after jumping from a moving Boeing 737 on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday, authorities said. Relay the message back. The airline released a statement after the incident, saying "a Copa crew member closed the exit door, and the aircraft proceeded to the gate where all other passengers and crew disembarked safely". "It was pretty insane".
Other passengers said the teen appeared fidgety and anxious during the seven-hour flight from Panama City. The American Airlines flight 5242 was preparing for takeoff from the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Also, he said, at the time of the antics the guy was in a state of emotional distress, but fortunately the injuries he had received, we also know that the teenager is a USA citizen and travelling alone.