Teen detained after jumping from plane at San Francisco International Airport

Teen detained after jumping from plane at San Francisco International Airport

Teen detained after jumping from plane at San Francisco International Airport

Copa Airlines said in a statement that emergency exits over wings are meant to be opened by passengers at lower altitudes to allow evacuations in emergencies.

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.

"It was as if he was like flying out, like it was really fast", said Sophia Gibson, another passenger.

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"All the windows were closed, but then all of a sudden, someone said like, "Pop the windows open" and the emergency door was open". An airport spokesperson says the passenger, who was a USA citizen, was detained by a construction crew working on the airfield and had been taken into custody. "The door's open. Someone jumped off".

But passenger Isaac Rodrigues said there was no door to close and a flight attendant blocked the gap with her body and the plane then continued on to the gate.

An airport official said that after Copa Airlines flight 208 from Panama City landed about 2.30pm local time, the teen - who has not been publicly identified - jumped out the door as the plane was waiting to taxi to the gate. Relay the message back. "Moments later I found out that a passenger had opened the emergency exit window and slid down the wing and on to the tarmac". "It was pretty insane". The American Airlines flight 5242 was preparing for takeoff from the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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