Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Business | By Jorge Reeves

Teenager exits plane via emergency door and slides down wing

Teenager exits plane via emergency door and slides down wing

A teenager detained Tuesday after opening an emergency exit and jumping from a plane after it landed at San Francisco International Airport was released by Customs and Border Protection later that day and turned over to San Francisco police.

The Panama-based airline said in a brief statement that the plane then taxied to the gate, where all the other passengers of Copa Airlines Flight 208 disembarked without incident.

Airport spokesman Doug jaeckel said that the builders who were working near detained the teenager until the police arrived.

The boy, identified as a US citizen, was nervous and jittery during the seven-hour flight, reports said. "The door's open. Someone jumped off, '" passenger Matt Crowder told KNTV.

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Officials are also questioning passengers who were on the flight, ABC 7 reported.

Sophia Gibson tells San Francisco television station KGO-TV ( ) people sitting next the 17-year-old were surprised when he jumped out of the plane and onto a wing shortly after the plane landed at the San Francisco Airport.

The boy reportedly started running on the tarmac before being intercepted by construction workers.

The 17-year-old boy opened the door as soon as the flight from Panama City had landed at San Francisco airport. Relay the message back.

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Yakel says the plane went to its assigned gate and all passengers got off the flight without incident.

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

"They put one of the stewardesses to block it so no one would fall out of there or leave", Rodrigues told KPIX.

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