Man accused of jumping from plane onto Phoenix Sky Harbor tarmac

Man accused of jumping from plane onto Phoenix Sky Harbor tarmac

The incident began Friday morning as a plane from Minneapolis was landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Authorities say a flight to Los Angeles returned to New York's Kennedy Airport shortly after takeoff because it had struck a sign and light on the runway.

It was a odd episode on American Airlines flight 1346 on April 12, 2019, as a 25-year-old man touched the faces of other passengers and sprayed them with an unknown substance before jumping off the grounded plane, Phoenix, Arizona, police said.

"While waiting for the door to the jet way to open, the man opened the service door on the opposite side of the aircraft and jumped out".

After jumping out of the plane on the runway, he man sustained minor injuries.

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Phoenix police say the 25-year-old man was acting strangely while on the flight from Minnesota to Phoenix.

Police said he could face trespassing charges after his bid to escape the plane at Sky Harbor International Airpor.

The Phoenix police added that the man was brought to the front of the plane to exit first once the aircraft arrived at the gate.

American Airlines released a statement, that said: 'American had requested law enforcement meet flight 1346 upon arrival in Phoenix due to a disruptive passenger. A witness who spoke with the Arizona Republic said the man was also swearing and hitting multiple passengers. Law enforcement and paramedics responded'.

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