Teen jumps from plane onto SFO tarmac

The teen, a USA citizen, was flying by himself from Panama City, Panama, to San Francisco and appeared to be in emotional distress during the flight, said San Francisco Airport spokesman Doug Yakel.

SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel confirmed that no runways were affected and there was no operational impact from the incident.

A passenger has opened an aeroplane door and jumped out prior to the plane arriving at the terminal in San Francisco.

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The flight continued to taxi to its gate and all the other passengers were offloaded there.

Officials are also questioning passengers who were on the flight, ABC 7 reported.

Customs and Border Protection is investigating the incident. "And then this guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs". And then he just starts running the other way. Law enforcement took the teen into custody, according to the airline.

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The airline added that an investigation was under way and that it was co-operating with the authorities. The plane went to the assigned gate and all the passengers were de-boarded safely.

"All the windows were closed, but then all of a sudden, someone said like, "Pop the windows open" and the emergency door was open". Copa Airlines lands at SFO and a passenger could not wait until they got to the gate. Airport operations weren't disrupted.

'They were yelling "tell the flight attendants, relay the message back, the door's open, someone jumped off",' Crowder told the television station.

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