- Dec 6, 2004
A bit of excitement on the NSW south coast!smh.com.au said:Man leaps from plane set for take off
By David Braithwaite
May 4, 2006 - 2:47PM
A man opened the door of a plane and jumped out as it prepared for take-off at a South Coast airport this morning.
The 33-year-old man, who is believed to be American, jumped out while the Regional Express plane's engines were running at Merimbula Airport.
The plane, which was stationary, had been readying for a flight to Melbourne about 11am.
The SAAB 340's doors had been closed and locked for take-off when the man sprang from his seat and demanded to be let off, police said.
A crew member was believed to have told the man he was unable to get off, but he then opened the plane's door and jumped out, police said.