"It was pretty insane", said passenger Matt Crowder.
The teen was tackled by employees on the runaway before he was arrested by police. Though, a passenger named Isaac Rodrigues said that since there was no door to close, the flight attendant used her body to block the gap so that the plane could continue to the gate, reported AP.
The passenger, a U.S. citizen, was not injured and was taken into police custody. An airport spokesperson says the passenger, who was a US citizen, was detained by a construction crew working on the airfield and had been taken into custody.
Sophia Gibson, of San Jose, said people sitting next to him were shocked when he jumped out of the plane and onto the wing.
"And then this guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs", said said Andrea Sepulveda Guzman to CBS San Francisco.
Copa Airlines said that an investigation is under way and that the airline is cooperating with authorities. "And everyone was just screaming". In his statement, Yakel mentioned that no other flights or runaways had been affected and the boy was not injured too. The American Airlines flight 5242 was preparing for takeoff from the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The teenager, who has not been named, then slid down the wing onto the tarmac after it landed on Tuesday. This was after he jumped out of the emergency door of a Boeing 737, shortly after it landed in San Francisco. The incident led to a two hour delay of the aircraft and reportedly cost the airlines about $16,000 in damages.
"People were yelling, 'Tell the flight attendants".