A teenage passenger on a flight that landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday left the plane through an emergency exit and has been detained, according to authorities.
Local media say the aircraft had just touched down, when the 17-year-old boy forced opened the emergency exit door and leapt to the ground.
The teen, a US citizen, was accosted by an airfield construction crew and is now in police custody.
No runways or other flights were affected, Yakel said.
"We just landed and then I hear some people scream ... like, 'No!'" said 11-year-old passenger Andrea Sepulveda Guzman, who was on the plane.
The reason for the teen jumping off the plane was not clear immediately. He was later transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Yakel said. And then he just starts running the other way.
Copa Airlines said in a statement a crew member closed the emergency door and the plane continued on to the gate, where the remaining passengers exited without incident, according to CBS San Francisco. The passenger has been taken into custody by law enforcement.
The boy, 17, shocked passengers on board the Copa Airlines flight from Panama City as he flung the door open before leaping out on Tuesday.
"People were yelling, 'Tell the flight attendants".
Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says a construction crew working nearby confronted the teenager and held him until police arrived and arrested him. Copa Airlines lands at SFO and a passenger could not wait until they got to the gate.