As stunned passengers watch the chaotic scene from inside the cabin, a hair-raising video shows a man climbing up the wing of an Alaska Airlines aircraft.
In the film, filmed on Saturday, December 12, by flyer Brooke Knight, the man balances on the wing of the plane and throws off his shoes and socks to try and get a better grip.
He then attempts to loop his legs around the plane’s winglets and shuffle up, only to plummet down with a loud slap onto the hard tarmac some 10ft below.
At the noise of the impact, passengers scream in terror.
The man who does not shift on the ground is then searched by police officers.
Brooke, who witnessed the incident, said the man seemed to be all right and with a “smiling and conscious” was “bloody nose”
In a statement received by KTNV Alaska Airlines, flight 1367 from Las Vegas to Portland was preparing for take-off at around 2 pm when the pilot “noticed an individual advancing towards the aircraft”
The statement read:’ The tower was informed by the pilots.
“Law enforcement was sent and able to arrest the individual.
Our visitors and workers are secure and we cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
“The plane has returned to the gate for a full inspection.”