Teen detained after jumping from plane at San Francisco International Airport

Thursday, 03 Aug, 2017

A teenage boy opened an emergency exit on a plane that landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday afternoon and exited the plane onto the tarmac, a spokesman for the airport said.

The 17-year-old shocked passengers on board the Copa Airlines flight from Panama City as he flung the door open before leaping out yesterday. An airport construction crew working nearby confronted the boy and held him until police arrived and arrested him.

Yakel said the teen was not injured and air traffic was not affected.

"All the windows were closed, but then all of a sudden, someone said like, "Pop the windows open" and the emergency door was open".

Yakel says the teenager is a USA citizen and was traveling alone on the flight from Panama City, Panama, to San Francisco.

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He has been detained for questioning by police and will be transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. According to the passengers, the boy seemed too anxious and fidgety throughout the flight. Passengers said there was a big commotion when they noticed one of the exit doors was wide open.

"And then this guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs". According to witnesses, the young man quickly and suddenly popped open the emergency door, slid down the plane's wing and hit the ground and started running.

In April in the same year, a United Airlines flight attendant also pulled off a similar incident by jumping off an aircraft.

Copa Airlines said that an investigation is under way and that the airline is cooperating with authorities.