Teen Arrested After Jumping Off Copa Airlines Flight, Other Similar Incidents

An airplane is seen on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday

A teenager shocked passengers travelling on a Copa Airlines flight when he flung open the emergency exit and dramatically slid down the wing onto the tarmac, minutes after the plane had touched down in San Francisco. An airport spokesperson says the passenger was detained by a construction crew working on the airfield and had been taken into custody. S. citizen, was traveling alone on the Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City headed to San Fransisco, reports AP. Yakel said no runways were affected and there was no operational impact after the incident.

A 17-year-old passenger jumped out of an airplane waiting on the tarmac after it had landed.

It was not immediately clear why the teenager had leapt from the plane and run.

Copa Airlines said in a statement that over-wing emergency exits are created to be opened by passengers after the plane reaches a lower altitude to allow for an evacuation in case of an emergency.

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"It was as if he was like flying out, like it was really fast", Sophia Gibson, a passenger who lives in San Jose, told local NBC affiliate KNTV. And then he just starts running the other way. Relay the message back.

Copa Airlines said in a statement a crew member closed the emergency door and the plane continued on to the gate, where the remaining passengers exited without incident, according to CBS San Francisco. Passengers said there was a big commotion when they noticed one of the exit doors was wide open.

The airline says it is cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation.

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