Passengers “try to open the cockpit door” and jump off the plane while taxiing at LAX
United Express passengers allegedly pulled the service door and jumped an evacuation slide onto the tarmac after trying to enter the cockpit of an airplane while taxiing for takeoff at Los Angeles Airport.
According to the airport and SkyWest, SkyWest’s United Express flight 5365 left the gate shortly after a failed attempt to break through the cockpit after 7 pm on Friday night.
The FBI, who responded to the scene, said the passengers got up from their seats and headed for the cockpit while the plane was taxiing on the runway where the passengers were seated.
Passengers struck the cockpit door before opening the front door exit and escaped after the evacuation slide automatically inflated.
The plane’s evacuation slide automatically inflated when the man opened the door and was visible on the side of the plane when he returned to the LAX gate.
The man was detained on a taxiway, treated for a non-life-threatening injury, and taken to a hospital, officials said. It is unknown if he was arrested.
According to the airport, the twin-engine Embraer 175 heading for Salt Lake City has returned to the gate.
The motive of the man who throbbed the cockpit door is unknown.
A FAA spokesperson said the onboard quarrel took place before the incident, although details have not been released.
KABC has obtained the voice of a pilot calling air traffic control to explain the incident.
“Charlie 4 Charlie, we’re going back to the gate, so call law enforcement,” the pilot declared.
‘SkyWest 5365, they are now calling law enforcement agencies. They are trying to find out which gate you are going to, “the tower replied.
The pilot said, “OK. It seems that one of the slides on the right was also blown away.”
They later added that “threat-level passengers may have jumped off the aircraft.”
Police say the plane was forced to return to the gate after the incident. No one was injured in this case.
Fox News reports that Vice President Kamala Harris was in LAX earlier that day and landed after traveling to El Paso’s US-Mexico border.
FlightAware data shows that flight departures have been pushed back several times. Eventually, I didn’t leave until 10:36 pm and was late for more than three and a half hours.
The horrific incident on Friday occurred the day after the driver broke through the fence at LAX Airport and led police to chase the taxiing way.
The incident was also forced by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
According to FlightAware data, the flight scheduled for 6:55 pm did not depart more than three and a half hours late until 10:36 pm.
I arrived in Salt Lake City at 1:25 am local time without any further accidents.
The incident on Friday happened the day after the driver broke through the fence at Los Angeles International Airport and led police to pursue taxiing.
The man was later detained in the case. He has not been identified either.
During the incident, Prince Harry was at the airport waiting for a flight to England.
As air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, airlines are seeing a surge in antisocial behavior.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there were 1,300 reports of uncontrollable passengers during the four months from February to May.