Man jumps out of plane while en route to Phoenix, lands in ground on runway

A man jumped out of a plane shortly after takeoff at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday morning. The 49-year-old man on board a jumbo jet operated by American Airlines walked to the…

Man jumps out of plane while en route to Phoenix, lands in ground on runway

A man jumped out of a plane shortly after takeoff at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday morning.

The 49-year-old man on board a jumbo jet operated by American Airlines walked to the cockpit and said he needed help, according to airport officials.

The plane was carrying hundreds of passengers and a full flight crew. Upon contact with the Phoenix Police Department, two of the four security officers on board helped keep the male from jumping down to the tarmac while others assisted the man on board the plane.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson told KTVK that the man landed in a grassy area about 300 feet from the runway after he jumped from the plane.

The man wasn’t charged, and didn’t seek medical care. His name was not released.

The episode was reported at 8:51 a.m. local time, and the plane departed after a 45-minute delay.

According to Scottsdale Fire Protection District spokeswoman Nicole Allen, 11 of the 85 passengers on board at the time got off in a short time and no injuries were reported.

“While on our way to Phoenix from Phoenix on flight AA4072 a passenger ran from the plane and was arrested after he was in contact with the pilot and crew on board the plane,” American Airlines said in a statement. “The FBI is assisting Sky Harbor Police with the matter.”

The FAA said in a tweet that officials are investigating the incident.

This article was updated at 11:08 a.m. after an FAA update.

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