Teen opens emergency exit, jumps out of plane onto SFO tarmac

Posted August 03, 2017

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.

Sophia Gibson, of San Jose, said people sitting next to him were shocked when he jumped out of the plane and onto the wing. An airport spokesperson says the passenger, who was a US citizen, was detained by a construction crew working on the airfield and had been taken into custody. The teen will also be transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

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

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The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. PT. According to the passengers, the boy seemed too anxious and fidgety throughout the flight.

According to SFO, Customs and Border Protection is handling the investigation into the incident.

A crew member shut the door, and the plane taxied to its gate where everyone safely got off, the Panama-based COPA said in a statement.

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Passengers of a Copa Airlines flight say a teenage boy who opened an emergency door and jumped to a tarmac was very quick and that people sitting next to him didn't have time to stop him.

Passenger Isaac Rodrigues said a flight attendant used her body to block the gap where the door had been until the plane was at the gate.

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

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