On the 26th (local time), foreign media such as BBC and CNN reported that a man was injured by jumping off a United Express plane while it was moving on the runway to prepare for takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California, USA.
The BBC reported that the man got up from his seat when the plane started moving around 7:10 pm on the 25th (local time), and after failing to enter the cockpit, opened the aircraft door and activated the emergency slide to jump off.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson said the jetliner, operated by Skywest Airlines, was en route from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City on the Embraer 175, but failed to take off due to an accident.
The FAA said no other passengers were injured and that a dispute had arisen just before the accident.
CNN reported that the man who jumped out of the plane was arrested by law enforcement and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Authorities are investigating the incident and are said to be working to determine the motive for the crime.
The BBC reported that plane-related accidents in the United States are on the rise despite fewer flights due to COVID-19. So far this year alone, there have been about 3,000 flight incidents in the United States.
The FAA said earlier this month that it had investigated the largest number of violations of the law since records began in 1995. Many of them were related to passengers’ refusal to wear masks, but as of May 25, there were 394 cases of interference with flight attendants.
In this regard, the BBC pointed out that 183 cases were almost twice as many as last year’s total.
By Jung Young-gyo, staff reporter