The United Airlines plane was approaching the exit to O’Hare around 4:32 a.m. after arriving from San Diego when police reported that a male passenger pulled out an emergency exit.
He then moved to the wing of the plane and then slid down to the airfield, police said. Police then arrived on the scene and detained him.
The passenger was charged. The incident did not affect the operation of the airport.
A United spokesman reported the incidentThis morning flight 2478 United was on its way to the Gate of Chicago O’Hare when a passenger opened the door of the plane and got off the plane. Our ground crew stopped the man outside the plane and the man is now in law enforcement. Then the plane arrived at the exit and all passengers safely got off the plane. The safety of our customers and crew is our top priority. “
The Chicago Department of Aviation has issued a statement saying “Shortly after 4:30 a.m. today, an incident involving a passenger aboard United 2478 took place at O’Hare International Airport, arriving from San Diego. Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers responded to the plane at the gate and took the detainee away.” no casualties were reported. “
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