Aviation

Plane passenger tries to break into cockpit before jumping out emergency exit

A rogue passenger is facing up to 20 years in prison after bashing on the cockpit door of a plane before jumping out the emergency exit.

A 33-year-old Mexican man was on board United Airlines flight 5365, operated by SkyWest Airlines, on Friday evening when he suddenly “sprinted” to the front of the aircraft as it began pushing back from the gate at Los Angeles International Airport.

The flight was scheduled to fly from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.

According to an FBI affidavit, the man “began banging on the cockpit door and manipulating the locked doorknob”.

When he failed to gain entry, the man pushed past a flight attendant and headed towards the emergency exit on the right side of the plane where he managed to open the door, partially deploying the emergency slide.

A nearby passenger tried to restrain him but he got away and jumped out of the moving aircraft, missing the emergency slide.

“Once [the man] landed on the tarmac, he began crawling away from the aircraft. His right leg appeared broken,” the affidavit stated.

A statement from the US Department of Justice said the man later underwent surgery for his injuries.

He was charged with interference with flight crew members and attendants, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

His case will be heard in United States District Court later this week.

The flight landed in Salt Lake City at 1:21am local time on Saturday morning, about three-and-a-half hours after its scheduled arrival, according to FlightRadar24.


Featured image source: iStock/roibu


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Eerie ancient ruins meet brimming coral gardens: Your guide to selling Bohol

by Sponsored by Philippines Department of Tourism

There’s more to Bohol than bug-eyed tarsiers and the dramatic scenery of the Chocolate Hills. Take a closer look at one of the most visited destinations in the Philippines’ and craft a genuinely unique experience for your clients.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Six airport workers charged over plans to import “large quantity” of drugs into Sydney

And they would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for COVID-19 and its meddling flight disruptions.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Wyndham unveils new all inclusive resort brand

The world’s largest hotel franchising company has welcomed its 22nd brand and boy howdy is she a beauty.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Australia’s internationally recognised vaccine certificate to be released tomorrow

Overseas jaunts are one step closer, with the federal government ready to hit ‘go’ on our new COVID-19 international vaccine certificates.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Google can now estimate carbon emissions for almost all flights

You don’t even need to book through Google Flights to see the CO2 estimate… we’re not suggesting agents steal the info as an add-on for clients, but also we are.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

The positive reactions to NSW’s big international travel news continue, but not all industry figures are happy

The overall response to the NSW government’s big international travel announcement on Friday has, unsurprisingly, been a very positive one, but not all industry figures are dancing in the street.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

CLIA adds extra support for agent recovery to 2022 membership

Agents who sign up to be a CLIA member will score access to bonus commissions, live events and an expanded education program.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Thailand to scrap quarantine for select overseas visitors

The country is still recording more than 10,000 cases a day and has only fully vaccinated 33 per cent of its population, but Thailand’s PM said reopening was a crucial step to save the economy.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Ukrainian airline scraps heels and tight skirts for comfy suits and Nike sneakers

This airline has given its cabin crew uniform a modern update that ditches tight-fitting, restrictive clothing and high heels for something a bit more suited to the job.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid snares majority stake in New Zealand’s Haka Tours and ANZ Nature Tours

The global travel B Corp has kicked off its future growth plans with a 60 per cent slice of not one, but two touring brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Clive Palmer offloads Qantas shares in protest of airline’s staff vaccination policy

by Ali Coulton

Looks like the mining magnate has taken a break from tweeting his famous Tim Tam poems to shake his fist at the flying kangaroo’s vax policy.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Guests forced to hide as heritage-listed hotel break-in causes $30,000 in damage

A group of people have broken down the door of a historic Kalgoorlie hotel, terrorising guests and forcing one woman to hide in a wardrobe.

Share

CommentComments