The teen, a USA citizen, was accosted by an airfield construction crew and is now in police custody. The teen will also be transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. In his statement, Yakel mentioned that no other flights or runaways had been affected and the boy was not injured too.
The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to SFO Spokesperson Doug Yakel.
Sophia Gibson tells San Francisco television station KGO-TV (http://abc7ne.ws/2vgIEGE ) people sitting next the 17-year-old were surprised when he jumped out of the plane and onto a wing shortly after the plane landed at the San Francisco Airport. He was later transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Yakel said. The passenger has been taken into custody by law enforcement. "And then this guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs. We are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to support the ongoing investigation". "And everyone was just screaming", she added, CBS SFBay Area reported.
There have been other similar incidents before where passengers have tried to jump off planes.
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Witnesses said the teen seemed fidgety and anxious throughout the seven-hour flight from Panama City, Panama, and that by the time passengers realized the door had been opened, he was already on the ground, running.
'They were yelling "tell the flight attendants, relay the message back, the door's open, someone jumped off",' Crowder told the television station.
'We were on the runway for about an hour, ' Rodrigues said. Copa Airlines lands at SFO and a passenger could not wait until they got to the gate.