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This photo taken Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, shows an Copa Airlines aircraft taking off at Miami International Airport in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

A teen opened a plane's emergency exit, slid down its wing and jumped onto the tarmac


A teen stunned fellow passengers Tuesday after he opened a plane's emergency exit, slid down its wing and jumped onto the tarmac after his flight landed at San Francisco International Airport.

"We just landed and then I hear some people scream … like, 'No!'" said 11-year-old Andrea Sepulveda Guzman, a passenger on the flight, told CBS San Francisco. "And then this guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs. And then he just starts running the other way. And everyone was just screaming."

Copa Airlines flight 208 from Panama City was waiting to taxi to its arrival gate around 2:30 p.m. local time when the 17-year-old male U.S. citizen opened the emergency exit and jumped down to the tarmac, according to airport spokesman Doug Yakel.

There was no immediate word as to why he jumped from the plane, according to CBS San Francisco.

The teen, who was not injured, was detained by a member of a construction crew. He was later taken into police custody. Customs and Border Protection is handling the investigation, according to the airport.

Copa Airlines issued a statement about the incident Tuesday afternoon.

"Copa Airlines confirms that upon arrival of today’s flight CM 208 from Panama City (Panama) to San Francisco (United States), a 17-year old passenger sitting in an exit row seat unexpectedly opened the emergency door, and slid down the wing of the aircraft onto the taxiway at San Francisco International Airport," the statement read. "The incident occurred a few minutes after landing, while the aircraft was taxiing to the gate. A Copa crew member closed the exit door, and the aircraft proceeded to the gate where all other passengers and crew disembarked safely. The passenger has been taken into custody by law enforcement. We are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to support the ongoing investigation."

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