A man jumped out of a moving airplane at the Phoenix airport on Saturday. The 30-year-old passenger opened the rear galley door of Southwest Airlines flight 4236 after it had touched down from Colorado Springs, and while it was taxiing to the gate.
A man on a Southwest flight just jumped out of the plane while it was landing on the runway in Phoenix. Any news outlets covering this? pic.twitter.com/d4JHM6uYMB
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According to Southwest Airlines,
Initial reports indicate that while the flight was taxing to the gate, a Customer onboard exited the aircraft via a rear galley door..The flight’s Captain stopped the aircraft and notified Air Traffic Control (ATC).
Once on the ground the man hopped over to Phoenix Fire Station 19. He went inside and “locked himself inside a dormitory room” though eventually “firefighters were able to get the adult male to unlock the door.” He was then taken into custody and removed to a local hospital to be treated for a “lower extremity injury,” according to the captain of the on-airport fire department.
The flight continued to its gate. There’s no word yet on whether the passenger will face charges.
Whenever anyone does something like this, it’s a bit of an homage to Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who cursed a passenger, grabbed a beer from the galley, and deployed the emergency slide as his most dramatic exit from an aviation job in 2010. However since Southwest Airlines still hasn’t restored alcohol service to its flights, this man couldn’t grab a beer before peaceing out.