Southwest Airlines passenger jumps out of taxiing plane at Phoenix Airport


A passenger jumped from a Southwest Airlines flight that had just landed at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Saturday morning, according to reports.

The passenger, identified only as a 30-year-old male, exited the plane through a kitchen door at the back of the plane and briefly locked himself inside a fire station on the tarmac , according to FOX 10 in Phoenix.

The pilot of flight 4236 from Colorado Springs, Colorado, stopped the plane and contacted air traffic control. Authorities were able to have the door to a dormitory inside the fire hall opened within minutes, KPNX-TV reported in Phoenix.

He was taken to hospital with a leg injury. It was not clear whether he would face charges.

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“They were in constant communication from the moment that person was on the runway, the Sky Harbor control tower always had their eye on them and that’s how they informed us. It just shows you how good they are. a well-oiled machine, “Phoenix Fire Department Captain Todd Keller said, according to FOX 10.

Southwest Airlines planes are seen at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport on October 11, 2021 in Baltimore. (Getty Images / Getty Images)

The plane reached the boarding gate after a short delay, KPNX reported.

Phoenix Police said the investigation into the incident was ongoing and it was not yet clear what prompted the man to jump off the plane, FOX 10 reported.

The incident continued a string of incidents involving unruly air passengers since the start of the pandemic.

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Last summer, a passenger jumped off a taxiing plane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and last week a LAX woman ran onto the tarmac trying to get a plane down.

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