Passenger forced open aircraft hatch and jumped off wing to escape waiting cops

Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-800
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A passenger aboard a Sun Country Airlines flight was arrested after he tried to escape from waiting police at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) in the United States (US). 

According to reports, when the flight arrived from Orlando shortly after 11pm local time on Sunday, July 9, 2023, the man bolted out of an aircraft emergency hatch before officers could board the plane. 

The suspect then went onto the wing, jumped off and ran across the tarmac toward the airport terminal. 

The passenger was able to escape so quickly because he was reportedly seated in the exit row. 

It is understood that the man was found about 45 minutes later hiding in a LSG Sky Chef truck. 

“We take these incidents very seriously, and the crew called airport police who responded quickly,” Sun Country told FOX 9. “Fortunately, Passengers and crew are fine.” 

Sun Country Airlines describes itself as “a new breed of hybrid low-cost air carrier”.  

The airline has 42 passenger jets and 12 freighter aircraft. It operates over 118 routes and serves 94 airports.  

Its headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

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