Passenger Jumps From Plane After Landing in Houston

She won't face charges, police say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2016 12:12 AM CST
Woman Jumps From Plane at Houston Airport
United Airlines planes are parked at their gates as another plane taxis past them at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Seasoned passengers say they'd never seen anything like it: A female passenger at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport opened an emergency door and jumped 15 feet to the ground via the wing after the plane landed Monday afternoon, NBC-DFW reports. The United Airlines flight from New Orleans had landed minutes before the woman jumped but was still waiting to taxi to its gate. The woman ran across the tarmac toward the terminal and was apprehended by authorities.

"I look over and sunlight and I just see a figure essentially step out of it," a passenger who was sitting across the aisle tells KHOU. "And then I'm like, What was that?'" Other passengers—who were stuck on the tarmac for at least an hour while the incident was investigated—say they were afraid the woman had left some kind of harmful device on the plane. The FBI says the case turned out not to be a security threat. Police say the woman is undergoing psychological tests and will not face charges over the early exit. (Read more Bush Intercontintenal Airport stories.)

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