You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myDaytonDailyNews.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myDaytonDailyNews.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myDaytonDailyNews.com.

Woman opens emergency exit door, jumps out of plane


A woman who flew to Houston from New Orleans didn't follow disembarkation instructions, but rather took matters into her own hands.

The unidentified woman opened an emergency exit door and jumped out of a plane as it was taxiing down the runway at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The plane was headed toward its gate, airline spokeswoman Maddie King, said.

>> Read more trending stories  

Hampton Friedman, a passenger who was sitting across the aisle from the woman, captured a photo that showed the open door. 

"I realized when the door popped open, and a woman stepped out of it," he told CNN. Cathy Cole, another passenger, said the woman took off running toward the terminal.

"Somebody on the plane said, 'We have a runner,' and they kept repeating it," Cole told KHOU. "I was traveling with my sister, and she looked out the window, and she saw a woman on the tarmac running toward the terminal."

Another witness told KHOU that the woman didn't say anything before opening the door and jumping about 15 feet to the ground.

Flight passengers waited on the plane for over an hour while police boarded and searched the aircraft. 

"They kept telling us to wait, stay in our seats, stay seated," Cole told KHOU. "The captain came on air and said, you know, the police will be boarding the plane. They came on the plane with their dog."

According to KHOU, the woman was not charged and prosecutors said she is undergoing psychological tests.

"I've flown all over the world, and I've been on lots of really long flights, and I've never experienced anything like this," Cole said. "I have no earthly idea why she would want to do that."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Holiday shoppers pining for colorful Christmas trees
Holiday shoppers pining for colorful Christmas trees
Green is a traditional color for Christmas trees, but are you pining for a gold one? Or pink? How about purple?
Church roof collapses in Nigeria; at least 160 dead
Church roof collapses in Nigeria; at least 160 dead
A church roof that collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria killed at least 160 people, The Associated Press reported.
Note left at Florida restaurant calls Christmas music offensive
Note left at Florida restaurant calls Christmas music offensive
A restaurant owner posted a photo of a note that said Christmas music playing at the St. Augustine business was offensive.
Best Buy employees buy WiiU for kid who came in daily to play it
Best Buy employees buy WiiU for kid who came in daily to play it
A boy who came to a Best Buy store every day for two months to play a WiiU was surprised by employees who handed him his own console to take home and play.
Internet buzzes after Trump chides quality of Army-Navy play
Internet buzzes after Trump chides quality of Army-Navy play
It seemed like an innocent enough comment by President-elect Donald Trump. But as he is fast discovering, every word he utters comes under scrutiny.
More Stories