Canada, August 3: The passengers on board the Copa Airlines flight went numb after a 17-year-old boy opened the emergency door of a passenger plane and went down a wing onto the tarmac minutes after touching down in San Francisco, officials say.
The boy flung the door open before leaping out on Tuesday after which he was stopped by construction staff working nearby and caught until police reached the spot to arrest him, BBC reported.
The boy, a US citizen, was not harmed and detained after the incident.
Passengers who witnessed the scene said the teenager seemed fidgety and anxious throughout the flight and that he had acted very quickly, making it difficult to stop him, according to the Associated Press news agency.
One eyewitness, Sophia Gibson, told San Jose’s KNTV that people were shocked when the passenger leapt through the door and onto the plane’s wing.
“It was as if he was like flying out, like it was really fast,” Gibson said.
Another passenger, 11-year-old Andrea Sepulveda Guzman, told CBS San Francisco that people had started to scream.
“This guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs. And then he just starts running the other way. And everyone was just screaming,” she said.
However, it is yet to ascertain why the teenager had leapt from the plane and run.
San Francisco Airport spokesman Doug Yakel stated that the boy was travelling alone, adding that no runways or flights were affected by the incident.
A Copa Airlines Flight 208 crew member near the emergency door and the plane taxied to its gate, where all remaining passengers alighted without incident, the Panama-based airline said in a statement on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the airline has started its investigation into the matter.