SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A 17-year-old was detained after he opened up an emergency exit door of an airplane and jumped out onto the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport.
The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to SFO Spokesperson Doug Yakel.
Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City was waiting to taxi to its arrival gate when the teen boy opened the overwing emergency exit door and jumped out of the aircraft.
The teen, a U.S. citizen, was accosted by an airfield construction crew and is now in police custody.
He was not injured when he jumped.
No runways were affected, and there was no operational impact as a result.
The flight proceeded to the arrival gate has been deplaned.
Here is a statement from Copa Airlines:
Copa Airlines confirms that upon arrival of today’s flight CM 208 from Panama City (Panama) to San Francisco (United States), a 17-year old passenger sitting in an exit row seat unexpectedly opened the emergency door, and slid down the wing of the aircraft onto the taxiway at San Francisco International Airport. The incident occurred a few minutes after landing, while the aircraft was taxiing to the gate.
A Copa crew member closed the exit door, and the aircraft proceeded to the gate where all other passengers and crew disembarked safely. The passenger has been taken into custody by law enforcement. We are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to support the ongoing investigation.
Yakel says the teenager, who appeared to be in emotional distress, is a U.S. citizen and was traveling alone.
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