PICTURED: A 57-year-old California retiree who fled the moving United plane through the emergency exit window
EXCLUSIVE: PHOTO: Retired Californian roofer, 57, who fled the moving United plane through the emergency exit and walked along its wing after staff refused to serve him alcohol before the lift-off
- Randy Frank Davila, 57, of California, opened the emergency door and walked through the wing before sliding onto the field of United Airlines Flight 2478
- The Chicago Police Department reported that he was “denied alcohol service by flight attendants” and was “talking to himself throughout the flight.”
- The flight from San Diego landed in Chicago around 4:30 a.m. when Davila, seated in row 21, opened the door
- He was apprehended by ground crew, then arrested and charged with a reckless driving offense
- Davila will not be charged with a federal crime because there was ‘no signage on the emergency door or on the tarmac’ indicating it was a ‘criminal’ offense
- The flight was delayed for 20 minutes on the tarmac before all passengers were safely disembarked at the gate
- He is due back in court in Chicago at the end of June and has $3,000 bond.
It’s about the retired California roofer arrested for leaving a plane on the ground through its emergency exit window and stepping on its wing after being denied alcohol.
Randy Frank Davila, 57, was first photographed in a mugshot obtained by DailyMail.com. He has been contacted for further comment on his alleged antics.
Chicago police also revealed that despite the mayhem Davila allegedly caused, he will only be charged with one misdemeanor reckless driving.
Indeed, neither the exit window nor the tarmac displayed signs warning that it would be a crime to exit a moving aircraft and enter a restricted area.
The drama began on United Airlines Flight 2478 from San Diego to Chicago O’Hare on Thursday after it landed in Illinois and began taxiing to its gate.
Davila is accused of “pulling the emergency exit window while taxing, stepping on the wing of the plane, then slipping off the wing of the plane and trying to steer the plane towards the door”, says the police report. He has a bond of $3,000.
The Chicago Police Department reported that he was “denied alcohol service by flight attendants” and was “talking to himself throughout the flight.”
However, Davila will not be charged with a federal crime due to “the lack of signage on the emergency exit door or on the tarmac advising the subject that exiting a moving aircraft would constitute criminal trespassing in restricted areas.” “.
Passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 2478 from San Diego were stunned when Davila opened the emergency door in row 21, where he was seated, around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
Randy Frank Davila, 57, of California, “pulled the emergency exit window while taxing, got out on the plane wing, then slid off the plane wing and tried to steer the plane toward the gate,” the police report said. . He was aboard United Airlines Flight 2478 on Thursday
Davila, a retiree, was charged with a misdemeanor reckless driving offense and the Chicago PD reported he was ‘denied alcohol service by flight attendants’ and was ‘talking to himself while throughout the flight”. He is due back in court on June 27.
A member of the ground crew had to stop him and call law enforcement. He was arrested “without incident” shortly thereafter.
Mary Ellen Eagelston, who appeared to be sitting a few rows away from the man, posted a photo on Twitter of the open door, writing: “The guy jumped out of my plane before we got to the door.”
She later told NBC San Diego that “everyone was a little surprised and [asked themselves]: “Did we really see what we really saw?”
Passenger Mary Ellen Eagelston posted a photo on Twitter and later said everyone was “surprised” and wondered, “Did we really see what we really saw?”
“I just saw him come out and that’s it. I guess he landed on the fender and then jumped onto the tarmac.
The police report says the flight attendants “did not witness any of the events described.” Flight attendants typically sit in the front and rear of the aircraft during takeoff and landing.
United Airlines said in a statement Thursday, “Our ground crew arrested the individual outside of the aircraft, and the individual is now with law enforcement.”
An air traffic control recording, obtained by NBC Chicago, reported someone saying, “We had to stop before Bravo 3 gate. Someone shot the rear right over the exit from the wing. Someone from seat 21 Bravo has exited the plane and is on the ramp.
The plane was delayed for 20 minutes on the tarmac before continuing onto the runway and safely disembarking all other passengers at the gate, Live and Let Fly reported.
Eagelston said there was “no panic” or “concern” and passengers felt safe.
“I felt like we were in good hands,” she told NBC San Diego.
Davila is expected to return to court on June 27.
The flight arrived at Chicago O’Hare (pictured) around 4.30am and all passengers were able to disembark safely after a 20-minute tarmac delay
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