Passenger jumps out of moving plane on tarmac

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A passenger has been taken to the hospital after jumping out of a moving plane at Los Angeles International Airport.

United Express flight 5365, operated by SkyWest, was pulling away from a gate shortly after 7pm on Friday (local time) when the man unsuccessfully tried to breach the cockpit, according to the airport and SkyWest.

They say he then managed to open the service door and jumped down the emergency slide onto the tarmac.

The man was taken into custody on the taxiway, treated for injuries that were not life-threatening and taken to the hospital, authorities said.

A United Express plane sits on the tarmac at LAX.
A passenger jumped out of this United Express plane at LAX. Source: Fox 11

The twin-engine Embraer 175, which was headed to Salt Lake City, returned to its gate.

It was still there hours later.

Nobody else aboard the plane was injured.

The FBI was investigating the bizarre incident.

It was the second disruption at LAX in two days.

On Thursday, a driver ploughed through a chain-link fence at a FedEx cargo facility and went onto the airfield, crossing runways as police chased the car.

Police said the driver was detained and no injuries were reported. Two runways were briefly closed.

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