Teen detained after jumping from plane at San Francisco International Airport

Ann Santiago
August 3, 2017

The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. PT.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says an airfield construction crew confronted the 17-year-old boy, who has been arrested and is in police custody.

It's unclear what charges, if any, the teen might face.

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.

"Right as the plane landed, a kid opened the emergency exit, jumped out onto the wing and then slipped off", said Matt Crowder of Atherton, who was on the plane.

The teen was tackled by employees on the runaway before he was arrested by police. Other passengers said he seemed anxious and fidgety during the flight and that he acted very quickly, making it hard for anyone to stop him.


A teen passenger was detained Tuesday after opening the emergency exit of a Copa Airlines plane and jumping onto the tarmac, the Panama-based airline confirmed.

Yakel said no runways were affected and there was no operational impact after the incident. "We are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to support the ongoing investigation".

The 17-year-old boy opened up the overwing emergency exit door, exited the aircraft and started running on the tarmac.

In 2014, a passenger on a China Eastern Airlines plane said he wanted to "get off the plane quicker" and deployed the emergency slide after the plane landed at Sanya Phoenix International Airport.

"People were yelling, 'Tell the flight attendants".

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