The 17-year-old boy opened an emergency exit door on the Copa Airlines jet, as horrified passengers watched in stunned disbelief, before jumping onto the wing of the plane and sliding to the ground, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Copa Flight 208 had just landed at 2:30 p.m. today and was waiting to taxi to its arrival gate.
Yakel says an airfield construction crew held him until police arrived. Passengers say the 17-year-old U.S. citizen, who was traveling alone, had appeared "anxious" and "fidgety" throughout the Copa Airlines flight from Panama City, per KGO and the San Jose Mercury News. In his statement, Yakel mentioned that no other flights or runaways had been affected and the boy was not injured too.
The 17-year-old boy opened up the overwing emergency exit door, exited the aircraft and started running on the tarmac.
Sophia Gibson, of San Jose, California, said people sitting next to him were shocked when he jumped out of the plane and onto the wing.
San Francisco airport officials say a teenage boy opened the emergency door of a plane that had just landed and jumped onto the tarmac.
Passengers said the teenager seemed fidgety and anxious throughout the flight and that he had acted very quickly, making it hard to stop him, according to the Associated Press news agency.
"People were yelling, 'Tell the flight attendants". Copa Airlines lands at SFO and a passenger could not wait until they got to the gate. Relay the message back. "So said passenger opens the over wing emergency exit and jumps out on to runway 28L".
"They put one of the stewardesses to block it so no one would fall out of there or leave", Rodrigues told KPIX.
The airline added that an investigation was under way and that it was co-operating with the authorities.