United Airlines flight UA5365 from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City was delayed 3 hours and 40 minutes Friday night, not arriving until 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit of the SkyWest regional jet prior to departure from LAX. When that didn’t work, he opened the door of the aircraft, popping the slide, and slid down onto the tarmac.
Police and fire responded and apprehended the passenger. According to United’s regional carrier,
During taxi out this evening, a passenger aboard SkyWest flight 5365, operating as United Express from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, opened a service door and exited the aircraft.
Law enforcement has detained the individual and the aircraft returned to the gate. There were no injuries onboard.
JUST IN: A man tried to reach the cockpit of a United Express flight Friday night and after being unsuccessful, he opened the cabin door and fled the aircraft via the emergency slide at LAX, according to a statement from the airport. https://t.co/pdhcJOuhzk
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It’s unclear what motivated the passenger. There was speculation about an attempted hijacking but this seems like a strange way to attempt that, so it appears unlikely.
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