The flight in question
Southwest Airlines flight WN4236 is a service departing from Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS). Southwest is the airport’s largest carrier, serving a variety of domestic destinations on a seasonal and year-round basis. One of them is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which it flies to from Colorado Springs under flight WN4236.
Interestingly, data from RadarBox.com shows that, in recent months, Southwest has also used this number for Houston-Jackson and Milwaukee-Orlando services. However, on November 13 and December 4 of this year, he designated an early morning Colorado Springs-Phoenix flight. It has a scheduled departure time of 6:30 am from Colorado Springs.
His arrival in Phoenix is expected an hour and 55 minutes later at 8:25 a.m. local time. However, the flight is generally good. On November 13, it arrived at 7:59 am, and it also landed earlier than expected yesterday at 8:02 am. However, after arriving in Phoenix Sky Harbor, the taxi from the flight to his door took an alarming and unusual turn.
A premature escape
After landing on the north Phoenix runway, designated at 08/26, the flight began taxiing toward the gate as planned. However, one passenger on the plane, a 16-year-old Boeing 737-700 registered N226WN, appeared particularly eager to disembark. However, they did so in a rather unconventional way, through one of the aircraft’s aft galley doors.
Indeed, according to Fox 10 Phoenix, a 30-year-old man chose to jump off the plane as he crossed the apron. This prompted the plane to stop, its pilots alerting air traffic control to the unfolding situation. The communication was praised by Todd Keller of the Phoenix Fire Department, who said:
« They were in constant communication as soon as this person was on the trail. The Sky Harbor control tower had eyes on him the entire time and that’s how they informed us. It just shows you how well oiled they are.. «
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Taken to hospital
The motive for the man’s escape, which allegedly took place around 8:05 a.m. local time, remains unknown. However, Phoenix Police were able to identify him as Daniel Ramirez. The force is investigating him on suspicion of criminal intrusion (two counts). After his escape, Ramirez reportedly locked himself in an on-site fire station. Keller explains:
« After a few minutes, firefighters managed to get the adult man to open the door, where he was then assessed, treated and transported to a local hospital with a lower limb injury.. «
The extent of the injury in question remains uncertain. In the meantime, Simple Flying has contacted Southwest Airlines for further information regarding this unusual incident.
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