PHOENIX (AP) – Authorities have identified a man who jumped out of a jetliner’s cabin door onto the runway as the plane was approaching a gate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Phoenix police say Daniel Ramirez, 30, was taken to jail Saturday night on suspicion of two felony trespassing counts.
It was not clear on Sunday whether Ramirez had an attorney who could speak on his behalf about the case being investigated.
Ramirez’s family said he was in Colorado doing tile work, but wanted to return home out of fear for his life.
They also told Phoenix TV station ABC 15 that Ramirez may have suffered from schizophrenia based on their family history.
Theresa Padilla said she made a video call to her son before he boarded the plane.
“I don’t want him to be portrayed as a madman who jumped out of a plane. He was running and hiding because he thought someone was watching him,” said Padilla.
Emily Luevano, Ramirez’s sister-in-law, said she was also on the call.
“We talked to him on the phone for seven hours. He was paranoid saying ‘Someone is going to catch me. Someone’s going to kill me,” Luevano told ABC 15.
Ramirez’s family said they didn’t end the call until he boarded a plane to Phoenix.
Ramirez was a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from Colorado Springs on Saturday morning when authorities said he opened a door behind the kitchen, jumped out and ran to an airport fire station. where he barricaded himself.
Southwest officials said the plane’s captain notified the control tower so authorities could respond to the situation.
The plane, along with the crew and the rest of the passengers, then heads to the designated gate.
Phoenix Fire Department officials said Ramirez entered the airport’s fire station, entered a dorm room and locked himself inside.
After a few minutes, the firefighters were able to get Ramirez to unlock the door. He was then evaluated, treated for a leg injury, and transferred to a Phoenix hospital.
Sky Harbor officials said the incident did not delay airport operations.
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