The Latest: Teen jumps from plane at San Francisco airport


SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on a teenager who opened a plane’s emergency door and jumped onto a tarmac shortly after landing in San Francisco (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

Copa Airlines says one of its planes had landed in San Francisco and was heading to a gateway when a 17-year-old boy sitting in an exit row unexpectedly opened the emergency door, slid down the plane’s wing and jumped onto a tarmac.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says a construction crew working nearby confronted the teenager and held him until police arrived and arrested him.

The Panama-based airline said in a brief statement Tuesday that a crew member on Copa Airlines Flight 208 closed the door and the plane then taxied to the gate, where all passengers got off the flight without incident.

Yakel says the teenager is a U.S. citizen and was traveling alone on the flight from Panama City, Panama, to San Francisco.

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

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3:59 p.m.

San Francisco airport officials say a teenage boy opened the emergency door of a plane that had just landed and jumped onto the tarmac.

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

He says Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City landed Tuesday afternoon and was waiting to head to a gate when the teenager, who appeared to be in emotional distress, jumped from the aircraft.

Yakel says the teenager is a U.S. citizen and was traveling alone.

He says no runways or flights were affected and that the unidentified boy wasn’t injured.

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

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