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Man Injured After Jumping Out Of Airplane Taxiing At LAX

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man was injured Friday after jumping out of an airplane taxiing at the Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

LAX Plane Jumper
The plane was able to make it back to the gate after a man jumped out of the door using the inflatable slide. (CBSLA)

According to Los Angeles Airport Police, a United Express flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, was taxiing away from the gate area at about 7:10 p.m. when a male passenger onboard opened the door of the aircraft and exited onto the taxiway.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the passenger was seated until the plane started to taxi toward the runway, which is when he started to pound on the cockpit door.

Prior to opening "the exit door and [fleeing] the aircraft via the emergency slide," a spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration said the man attempted to breach the cockpit.

Airport police officers and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded immediately and the man was treated at the scene for unknown injuries before being taken to an area hospital.

Authorities said nobody onboard the aircraft was injured and the aircraft was able to taxi back to the gate area.

The flight was originally scheduled to leave LAX at 6:55 p.m. heading to Salt Lake City. The flight was rescheduled to leave at 9:15 p.m. The remaining passengers left LAX at 10:36 p.m. bound for Utah.

The FBI, FAA and local authorities are investigating.

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