United plane passenger opens emergency slide and lands on wing

0
37
United plane passenger opens emergency slide and lands on wing

A passenger aboard a United Airlines flight was arrested for opening an emergency door and sliding down a wing of a moving plane after it landed in Chicago early Thursday, officials said.

Flight 2478 from San Diego touched down at O’Hare International Airport about 4:30 a.m. and was taxiing to the gate when the man pulled the door off and stepped onto the wing, the airline told The Post.

“Our ground crew stopped the individual outside of the aircraft, and the person is now with law enforcement. The plane then arrived at the gate and all passengers deplaned safely,” a United rep said in an email.

One of the passengers on the red-eye flight described the surreal scene on the tarmac.

“I think everybody on the plane was just surprised and kind of shocked as he was going out,” Maryellen Eagelston told WGN News.

“I heard everybody yelling, ‘No, no, no’ and he just went out the exit door and onto the wing. … Even the stewardesses came back and said, ‘What just happened?’” she recalled.

A photo Eagelston snapped showed the exit the unidentified man used to get out of the plane.

A person was arrested early Thursday after he opened the emergency exit of a moving plane on the runway at O’Hare International Airport.
A person was arrested early Thursday after he opened the emergency exit of a moving plane on the runway at O’Hare International Airport.
WMAQ-TV
Flight 2478 from San Diego touched down at O’Hare International Airport about 4:30 a.m. and was taxiing to the gate when the man pulled the door off.
Flight 2478 from San Diego touched down at O’Hare International Airport about 4:30 a.m. and was taxiing to the gate when the man pulled the door off.
WMAQ-TV

The rogue passenger didn’t even go out the emergency exit door by his seat, she said.

“He crawled over one person and then three people on the other side and went out that door,” Eagelston told the outlet.

Chicago police said the man has been arrested.

Chicago police said that the man responsible for the incident had since been arrested.
Chicago police said that the man responsible for the incident had since been arrested.
WMAQ-TV
The rogue passenger didn’t even go out the emergency exit door by his seat according to one passenger.
The rogue passenger didn’t even go out the emergency exit door by his seat according to one passenger.
Twitter / MaryEllen Eagelston

“A male subject was onboard a plane that was approaching the gate when he pulled the emergency exit and walked out onto the wing of the plane,” police spokesperson Kellie Bartoli told The Post in a statement.

“The subject then slid down the wing and onto the airfield. CPD arrived and placed him into custody. Charges are pending,” Bartoli added. “As charges have not yet been finalized, we cannot release any further information about the offender.”

Source link