Officials conclude a man was hurt Friday after falling from a taxiing aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.
According to with Los Angeles Airport Police Department, a United Express flight chartered by SkyWest Airlines began taxiing away from the gate area at about 7:10 p.m. At the same time, a traveler unlocked the plane’s hatch and disembarked onto the taxiway.
The traveler remained seated till the aircraft began taxiing down the runway, at which point he started pounding on the cockpit door, as per the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The guy tried to penetrate the cockpit before unlocking “the escape door and [running away] the aircraft through the evacuation slide,” a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.
Airport police officers and firefighters arrived quickly, and the guy was assessed on-scene for unspecified injuries while being transported to a nearby hospital.
An investigation is underway after a man attempted to get into the cockpit of a @United Express flight as the plane was taxiing at @flyLAXairport. When he wasn't able to get in, he opened the side door, deployed the slide and jumped. @RoadSageLA reportshttps://t.co/2CragEx5fi pic.twitter.com/r0ftku4zWO— Mike Rogers (@MikeRogersTV) June 26, 2021
According to authorities, no one was harmed aboard the aircraft while the airplane was allowed to taxi back to the gate area.
About the Flight
The aircraft was initially scheduled to depart Los Angeles International Airport at 6:55 p.m. for Salt Lake City. However, the flight has been postponed to 9:15 p.m. The remaining passengers boarded a flight from LAX to Salt Lake City at 10:36 p.m.