Teen jumps from plane at San Francisco airport

Departing and parked aircraft intersect at San Francisco International Airport
Departing and parked aircraft intersect at San Francisco International Airport

03 August, 2017

A distraught 17-year-old boy opened the emergency exit of a plane after it landed in San Francisco, ran down its wing and booked it across the tarmac.

San Francisco airport officials say a teenage boy opened the emergency door of a plane that had just landed and jumped onto the tarmac.

The teen, a US citizen, was flying by himself from Panama City, Panama, to San Francisco and appeared to be in emotional distress during the flight, said San Francisco Airport spokesman Doug Yakel. He was also reportedly taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

In addition, the representative of the airport assured that the case has not affected the flight and work the runways.

"It was as if he was like flying out, like it was really fast", Sophia Gibson, a passenger who lives in San Jose, told local NBC affiliate KNTV.

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"We are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to support the ongoing investigation", the company said.

There have been other similar incidents before where passengers have tried to jump off planes.

"Just a standard landing and then everyone started noticing that I was sitting behind the mid emergency exit door and everyone noticed that the door had come off", passenger Sebastian Tamarelle said. A Copa crew member closed the exit door, and the aircraft proceeded to the gate where all other passengers and crew disembarked safely.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says a construction crew working nearby confronted the teenager and held him until police arrived and arrested him.

"They were yelling, 'Tell the flight attendants".

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