A Ryanair passenger who was fed up by a delay stunned fellow passengers when he forced his way out of the emergency exit and climbed onto the plane’s wing.
The man, reportedly a 57-year-old Polish national, ended up perching on the wing of flight FR8164 as it sat on the tarmac at Malaga airport in Spain.
He remembered his hand luggage, but was eventually talked into getting back on board by anxious ground staff worried he was going to jump, and was then held until he was arrested by local police.
The man, who reportedly lives in Malaga, allegedly became frustrated when the plane was delayed by almost an hour leaving Stansted on New Year’s Day.
Passengers were then reportedly left waiting another 30 minutes to disembark when they arrived at around 11pm with no information as to why they were delayed.
Fellow passenger Fernando Del Valle Villalobos told the Mail Online: “This man decided he wasn’t going to wait any longer.
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“He activated the emergency door and left, saying, ‘I’m going via the wing’. It was surreal.”
Mr Del Valle Villalobos added: “He was sat on the wing for quite a while until the crew managed to get him back inside.”
Raj Mistry, who was sitting next to the man on the plane, said he believed the man forced his way off because he suffered from asthma.
He added to MailOnline: “He needed air, hence he decided to exit the plane but Civil Guards didn’t want to listen to what he had to say.”
A spokesman for Ryanair said: “This airport security breach occurred after landing in Malaga airport on January 1.
“Malaga airport police immediately arrested the passenger in question and since this was a breach of Spanish safety and security regulations, it is being dealt with by the Spanish authorities.”