Passenger Injured After Leaping Off Delta Plane at Atlanta Airport

A passenger on a Delta jet was injured after his plane landed Tuesday when he opened the catering door and jumped to the tarmac below.

The man, whom a Delta spokeswoman declined to identify, leapt out of a door on the right side of the Boeing 767 jet at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to Transportation Security Administration spokesman Christopher White.

White said the man exited a door that is usually accessible for crew members in case of an emergency. The man fell about 20 feet to the ground.

He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was in fair condition. Hospital spokeswoman Denise Simpson said she could not specify the man's injuries but heard he was, "not in very bad shape."

Flight 1047, which had just arrived from Orlando, was at a gate on the E Concourse and was not moving when the passenger jumped at around 8:30 a.m., White said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said that the man began behaving erratically about 15 minutes into the flight.

Flight attendants had to calm him down while the plane was still in the air.

"He was agitated during the flight, but complied with the flight attendants," White said.

Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly said 252 passengers were aboard. She added that the plane was scheduled to depart for Cancun after the stop in Atlanta.

Delta and the FAA are investigating the case. Bergen said the FAA could issue a citation resulting in a fine.

Airport spokeswoman Sterling Payne said no criminal charges have been filed against the passenger. Payne said the Atlanta police are expected to turn their investigation file over to the FBI.

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