SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on a teenager who opened the emergency door of an airplane and slid down the wing to the tarmac (all times local):
Police say local officials will not charge a 17-year-old airline passenger who jumped out of a plane after pushing open an emergency exit door at San Francisco airport.
San Francisco Police Officer Grace Gatpandan said Wednesday the boy was taken to a hospital for mental health treatment.
Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the teen was not injured and he did not provide additional details about his condition. The teen’s name was not released.
Some passengers flying Tuesday on Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City, Panama, say that by the time they realized the door had been removed, the boy was already on the ground, running.
The airline says it is a federal law violation to open an emergency door without having been instructed to do so by the crew.
A spokesman for federal prosecutors did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Copa Airlines says its flight attendants followed security and safety procedures after a teenage passenger pushed open an exit row door, jumped out and slid down the wing to the tarmac at the San Francisco airport.
In an email to The Associated Press, a public relations agency representing Copa confirmed the 17-year-old boy was sitting in an exit row during Tuesday’s flight from Panama City.
The airline says it followed Federal Aviation Administration rules that require passengers seated in an exit row to be at least 15 years old.
The agency says a crew member closed the exit door and the plane proceeded to the gate where passengers and crew disembarked safely.
A nearby construction crew held the teen until police arrived and arrested him. He was taken for a medical evaluation.
A San Francisco airport official says a teenage passenger was taken for a medical evaluation after opening an emergency door of an airplane when it landed and sliding down the wing to the tarmac.
Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the 17-year-old was not injured, but he did not provide additional details about his condition. The teen’s name was not released.
Yakel says the teen opened the door Tuesday, minutes after the Copa Airlines flight arrived from Panama City.
An airfield construction crew working nearby held the teen until police arrived and arrested him.
Yakel says the boy appeared to be in emotional distress during the seven-hour flight. Witnesses said the teen seemed fidgety and anxious.
Authorities say a teenage boy traveling alone opened an emergency door after his plane landed, slid down the wing and jumped onto a tarmac at San Francisco before shocked passengers could do anything to stop him.
Some passengers flying on Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City, Panama, say that by the time they realized the door had been removed, the boy was already on the ground, running.
San Francisco Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says the 17-year-old removed the door as the plane was heading to a gate Tuesday.
Yakel says an airfield construction crew held him until police arrived.
He says the teenager is a U.S. citizen and appeared to be in emotional distress during the flight.
He says no runways or flights were affected and that the unidentified boy wasn’t injured.