I’m having a lot of trouble making sense of a man who decided to jump off a Southwest Airlines flight after boarding and make a dash for it across the tarmac…
Bizarre: Man Jumps Out of Overwing Exit On Southwest Airlines 737 And Tries To Escape MSY Airport…But Why?
The incident happened yesterday evening at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). After boarding a Southwest Airlines but before it took off, a man pulled open the over-wing emergency exit door, dashed out onto the wing, jumped off the wing, then ran across the tarmac.
He tried to commandeer a service truck, presumably to drive off the airport premises, but was apprehended before he could do so. He is now in a local hospital undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. No charges have been filed at this point.
So far this has only been picked up by local news stations in New Orleans like WWL. I’ve searched social media for passenger accounts about what occurred onboard, but found nothing.
Which leads me to this question: what could have possibly prompted this sort of behavior? What drives a man to board an aircraft and then jump out through the window, onto the wing, and then down to the ground? It’s a rather steep drop from the wing of a Boeing 737 to the ground…was there a fight onboard? Was he a wanted fugitive?
We’re left now with more questions than answers.
Were you on the Southwest Airlines flight this occurred on? What prompted this man to jump and make such a bizarre escape attempt?