EXCLUSIVE: PICTURE: Retired California roofer, 57, who fled the United plane through the emergency exit and walked along the wing after staff refused to serve him alcohol before departure
- Randy Frank Davila, 57, of California, opened the emergency door and crossed the wing before slipping into the field on United Airlines flight 2478
- The Chicago Police Department reported that he was “denied alcohol by the flight attendants” and “talked to himself during the entire flight”
- The San Diego plane landed in Chicago around 04.30 when Davila, sitting in row 21, opened the door
- He was apprehended by the ground crew and later arrested and charged with a reckless misconduct.
- Davila will not be charged with a federal crime since there was no “signage on the emergency door or asphalt”[ads1]; indicating that it was a “criminal” offense.
- The plane was delayed 20 minutes on the asphalt before all passengers were safely depleted at the gate
- He will return to court in Chicago at the end of June and has a recognition guarantee of 3,000 dollars
This is the retired roofer from California who was arrested for leaving a taxi plane through the emergency exit window and walking on the wing after being denied alcohol.
Randy Frank Davila, 57, has been pictured for the first time in a photo by DailyMail.com. He has been contacted for further comments about his alleged antics.
Chicago police have also revealed that despite the chaos Davila allegedly caused, he will only be charged with a misdemeanor misconduct.
This is because neither the exit window nor the asphalt showed signs warning that it would be a crime to leave 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 the port.
Davila is accused of having “pulled in the emergency exit window while he was taxing, went out on the wing of the plane, then slipped off the wing of the plane and tried to direct the plane into the gate”, the police report states. He has a $ 3,000 recognition guarantee.
The Chicago Police Department reported that he was “denied alcohol by the flight attendants” and “talked to himself throughout the flight.”
However, Davila will not be charged with a federal crime because there is “no sign on the emergency door or asphalt informing the subject that leaving a moving aircraft will constitute a criminal offense in restricted areas.”
Passengers on board United Airlines flight 2478 from San Diego were stunned when Davila tore open the emergency door in row 21, where he was sitting, around 04.30 on Thursday.
Randy Frank Davila, 57, of California, “pulled the emergency exit window while taxing, went out on the wing of the plane, then slipped off the wing of the plane and tried to direct the plane into the gate,” the police report said. . He was aboard United Airlines flight 2478 on Thursday
Davila, a retiree, was charged with reckless misconduct and the Chicago PD reported that he was “denied alcohol by the flight attendants” and “talked to himself throughout the flight.” He will return to court on June 27
A member of the ground crew had to stop him and call the police. He was arrested “without incident” shortly after.
Mary Ellen Eagelston, who appeared to be sitting a few rows back from the man, posted a picture on Twitter of the open door, writing: ‘Guy jumps out of my plane before we get to the gate.’
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 asked, “Did we really see what we really saw?”
‘I just saw him go out and that was it. I guess he landed on the wing and then jumped down to the asphalt.
The police report said that the flight attendants “did not witness any of the described incidents.” The flight attendant usually sits in front and behind the plane during take-off and landing.
United Airlines said in a statement on Thursday: “Our ground crew stopped the person outside the plane, and the person is now with the police.”
An Air Traffic Control recording, obtained by NBC Chicago, reported that someone said: ‘We had to stop just off street Bravo 3. Someone pulled the rear right over the wing exit. Someone in seat 21 Bravo has gotten off the plane and is on the ramp. ‘
The plane was delayed 20 minutes on the asphalt before continuing down the runway and safely deplaning all other passengers at the gate, Live and Let Fly reported.
Eagelston said there was “no panic” or “concern” and that passengers felt safe.
“I felt like we were in good hands,” she told NBC San Diego.
Davila is expected back in court on June 27.
The plane arrived in Chicago O’Hare (pictured) around 4:30 a.m. and all passengers were able to fly safely after a 20-minute delay on the tarmac