Passenger jumps from taxiing plane at LAX

The entrance to LAX
A man who jumped from a taxiing plane Friday evening was treated for injuries, officials said.
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A passenger opened the door of a plane as it was taxiing away from the gate area at Los Angeles International Airport and jumped out, officials said Friday evening.

The incident occurred about 7:10 p.m. on a United Express flight, the airport’s police said in a statement. The man was treated for injuries and taken to a hospital.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Brian Humphrey said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

The incident followed an altercation aboard the jet, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Emma Duncan. Law enforcement officials apprehended the passenger on the taxiway, she said.


The aircraft returned to the gate area, officials said. No one else on the plane was injured.

On Thursday, airport police responded after a driver broke through a fence and drove onto the LAX airfield, briefly closing the southern runways.