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A passenger reportedly jumped off a Southwest Airlines flight that had just landed at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Saturday morning.
The passenger, identified only as a 30-year-old man, exited the aircraft through a galley door at the rear of the aircraft and briefly locked himself in a fire station on the tarmac in Phoenix, according to FOX 10.
The pilot of Flight 4236 from Colorado Springs, Colorado stopped the plane and contacted air traffic control. Authorities were able to get the man to unlock the door of a dormitory room at the fire station in a matter of minutes, KPNX-TV in Phoenix reported.
He was taken to hospital with a leg injury. It was unclear whether he would face charges.
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“They were in constant communication as soon as this person was on the runway, the Sky Harbor control tower was keeping an eye on him the whole time, so they notified us. It just shows how much of a well-oiled machine they are out there. ” “Said Captain Todd Keller of the Phoenix Fire Department, according to FOX 10.
Southwest Airlines aircraft are seen at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore on October 11, 2021. (Getty Images / Getty Images)
The plane reached the gate with a short delay, KPNX reported.
Phoenix Police said the investigation into the incident was ongoing and it was not yet clear what motivated the man to jump off the plane, FOX reported 10.
The incident continued a series of incidents involving recalcitrant passengers since the pandemic began.
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Last summer, a passenger jumped off a taxiing plane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and last week a woman ran onto the tarmac at LAX to wave a plane down.