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LAX-SLC flight delayed after passenger opens door, jumps from taxiing plane

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Posted at 10:27 PM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 23:42:15-04

LOS ANGELES — A flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City was delayed several hours Friday after an unruly passenger reportedly opened one of the plane's doors and jumped out.

The Associated Press reports that the man tried to breach the cockpit, then opened the service door and jumped down the emergency slide. He landed on the tarmac and was injured. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, and officials say his injuries are not life-threatening.

The plane was taxiing away from the gate at the time.

The United Express/SkyWest flight 5365 was scheduled to depart LAX airport around 7 p.m. (PDT) and arrive at SLC around 9:45 p.m. (MDT). According to FlightAware, the plane was still grounded as of late Friday night.

The incident happened on the same day that four people on board a flight from Chicago to SLC were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries after the flight experienced turbulence.