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A United passenger was detained after opening the plane door and walking onto the wing while it was moving, police say

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The wing of a United Airlines plane. Not the one involved in this story.

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  • A United Airlines passenger opened the emergency exit and walked onto the plane wing, police said.

  • He did this as the plane moved to its gate after landing and was taken into custody, police said.

  • Charges are pending against the passenger.

A United Airlines passenger was taken into custody after they opened the plane's emergency exit door and walked onto the wing while the plane was moving, police said.

The Chicago Police Department said officers responded when a man went onto the plane wing of Flight 2874 as the plane moved down the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, NBC 5 Chicago reported.

The flight had landed from San Diego on Thursday morning and was moving towards the gate when the incident took place, the report said, citing United Airlines.

The Chicago Police Department said in a statement to CNN: "A male subject was onboard a plane that was approaching the gate when he pulled the emergency exit and walked out onto the wing of the plane."

"The subject then slid down the wing and onto the airfield," the police said.

The police told CNN that its officers "placed him into custody. Charges are pending."

United Airlines told CNN that all of the plane's passengers were able to get off the plane safely.

Insider has contacted United for comment.

NBC 5 reported that Air Traffic Control were heard saying in a recording that "We had to stop short of gave Bravo 3. Somebody pulled the rear right over wing exit. Someone in seat 21 Bravo has exited the aircraft and is on the ramp."

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