Police say they arrested American Airlines passenger who stepped on the wing of a plane after landing in Miami

American Airlines planes at the gates of Miami International Airport on August 1. DANIEL SLIM / AFP via Getty Images

  • Police arrested an American Airlines passenger accused of stepping on the wing of a plane in Miami.

  • American Airlines said the passenger was on flight 920 with service from Cali, Colombia.

  • Authorities said all other passengers were able to disembark without incident.

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Officials said they arrested an American Airlines passenger accused of opening an emergency door and stepping on the wing of a plane that landed at Miami International Airport, local reports said. .

The Miami-Dade Police Department said the passenger stepped on the wing of the plane around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as the plane was taxiing, CBS 4 Miami reported. Police said the plane arrived from Cali, Colombia.

Police said the passenger jumped off the wing when officers arrived and was apprehended, WPLG Local 10 News reported. Authorities told the outlet that the incident did not cause any delays and that the rest of the passengers were able to get off the plane.

The suspect’s name has not been released, according to CBS 4 Miami.

In a statement, American Airlines confirmed that a passenger aboard Flight 920 with Cali’s service exited the plane through an emergency exit.

“The customer was immediately arrested by the police,” said the airline. “We thank the members of our team and the police for their professionalism and speed of action.”

The Miami-Dade Police Department told Insider on Thursday that it had taken on the lead role in the investigation.

A police spokesperson said the suspect was apprehended by customs and border protection after stepping on the wing of the plane.

He was placed under arrest but required medical attention upon arrival at Turner Gilford Knight Detention Center. The suspect was then admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and remains in the emergency room, the spokesperson added.

The police department will release more details of the arrest once the suspect is taken to the detention center, they said.

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