Teen detained after sliding down wing of plane onto SFO taxiway

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A 17-year-old passenger has been detained after he opened an emergency overwing exit and jumped from the plane after it landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday, according to airport officials.

The Panama-based airline said in a brief statement that the plane then taxied to the gate, where all the other passengers of Copa Airlines Flight 208 disembarked without incident.

The 17-year-old, a US citizen, removed the door minutes after the Copa Airlines flight arrived from Central America, San Francisco Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Yakel says an airfield construction crew held him until police arrived.

The 17-year-old was not identified, but the statement said he was a USA citizen and traveling by himself.

Officials say the teen was not injured but was transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

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"The door's open. Someone jumped off, '" he says.

Police dogs searched the area where the teen exited the plane, and ran on the tarmac. "And everyone was just screaming".

No runways or other flights were affected, Yakel said.

In April in the same year, a United Airlines flight attendant also pulled off a similar incident by jumping off an aircraft. Relay the message back.

"We are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to support the ongoing investigation", the company said. Though, a passenger named Isaac Rodrigues said that since there was no door to close, the flight attendant used her body to block the gap so that the plane could continue to the gate, reported AP.

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