Passenger leaves plane via emergency exit, sits on Ryanair wing
Updated 6:45 pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018
MADRID (AP) — A passenger on a delayed Ryanair flight from London who apparently got fed up waiting to get off a plane after it landed in the southern Spanish city of Malaga surprised fellow passengers by using the emergency exit to jump onto a wing.
The incident on New Year's Day took place 30 minutes after the flight from Stansted Airport landed.
The man, who has not been named but is said to be a non-Spanish citizen, was coaxed back onto the plane while police were called.
Fellow passenger Fernando del Valle Villalobos, who videoed the incident, said he heard the man say he got fed up waiting.
"I was astonished," del Valle, 25, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
He said the passengers were standing in the aisle waiting to get off the plane when the man "very calmly asked permission to get past, opened the emergency exit, looked out, saw the wing, went back for his back-pack."
Later, he said the captain came out and asked the man why he had done it and del Valle heard him say clearly that he was sick of waiting inside. The passengers, except the man in question, were kept a further 15 minutes on the plane before being let off.
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Other passengers said they believed the man suffered from asthma and was worried about a possible asthma attack, and that he needed air.
The man was later found to be homeless and without a permanent home, according to the Telegraph. The address he gave police was a homeless hostel in Malaga, where he has apparently not lived at for a year.
Police said Wednesday that they have opened a complaint against the man for breaching security. He faces a potential maximum fine of 45,000 Euros (about $48,000 U.S. currency).
Ryanair said the incident was now in the hands of Spanish authorities.