United Airlines redeye flight 2478 from San Diego to Chicago O’Hare landed this morning – and a passenger opened an emergency exit door – and walked out onto the wing of the moving aircraft. Here’s video from inside the cabin:
The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. as the aircraft taxied to gate B3. Once on the wing the passenger “slid down onto the airfield” where he was stopped by airline employees and taken into custody by policy.
According to United Airlines,
This morning United flight 2478 was taxiing toward the gate at Chicago O’Hare when a passenger opened an aircraft door and exited the plane. Our ground crew stopped the individual outside of the aircraft, and the person is now with law enforcement. The plane then arrived at the gate and all passengers deplaned safely. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority.
A woman on the aircraft relays that other passengers were yelling out “no! no! no!” and everyone was in shock, with a flight attendant asking people around the exit door what had happened?
Oddly the man didn’t go out the exit door closest to him. He was apparently in a middle seat, crawled over the passenger in the aisle, and then the passengers in the exit row across from him. There’s not yet any explanation for the passenger’s motive, or what triggered the decision to leave the plane by the (second) quickest route possible minutes from arriving at the gate.