Passenger jumps out of plane taxiing at Phoenix airport

Passenger jumps out of plane taxiing at Phoenix airport
Passenger jumps out of plane taxiing at Phoenix airport

PHOENIX (AP) – A passenger on an incoming Southwest Airlines flight taxiing at Phoenix’s main airport opened a galley door, jumped out and ran to an airport fire station, where he barricaded himself, authorities said Saturday.

The man’s identity was not immediately disclosed, and it was not immediately clear why he jumped off Flight 4236 after arriving at Sky Harbor International Airport from Colorado Springs, Colorado around 8 a.m. on Saturday.

After the man “got off the plane,” the plane’s captain notified the control tower so local authorities could respond to the situation, Southwest spokesman Dan Landson said in an email. The plane with its crew and the rest of the passengers then went to its designated gate, Landson said.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old man entered the fire station, went to a dormitory and locked himself in, Fire Capt said. Todd Keller, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department, in an email.

After a few minutes, the firefighters were able to get the man to unlock the door and he was then examined, treated for a lower leg injury and taken to a hospital, Keller said.

Phoenix Police said in an email that they are investigating the incident and did not provide any additional information about the incident, including the man’s status.

The incident did not delay airport operations, said Julie Rodriguez, Sky Harbor spokeswoman.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman forwarded a request to local authorities.