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Man hurt after jumping out of plane at Phoenix Sky Harbor

Posted at 11:04 AM, Dec 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-05 16:22:49-05

PHOENIX — A man has been arrested after allegedly jumping out of a plane on the Phoenix Sky Harbor tarmac.

Phoenix Fire officials say the incident happened Saturday morning just after 8 a.m. when 30-year-old Daniel Ramirez exited a Southwest Airlines flight located on the south portion of the airport.

Officials with Southwest Airlines say a passenger opened a plane door, jumped out, then ran to nearby Phoenix Fire Station 19.

There, Ramirez walked into a dormitory room and locked himself inside. After a few minutes, firefighters were able to get him to unlock the door and he was evaluated, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

He was taken to an area hospital for injuries sustained during the jump onto the tarmac.

An official with Southwest Airlines says the incident happened on Flight 4236 as it safely arrived in Phoenix from Colorado Springs. While the plane was taxiing to the gate, a passenger exited through a rear galley door.

The flight's captain stopped the plane and alerted Air Traffic Control.

Phoenix Police, Sky Harbor, and Phoenix Fire officials are all investigating how the incident unfolded.

Ramirez has been released from the hospital and has been booked into jail on two felony charges for trespassing.