updated 3/3/2009 10:06:06 PM ET 2009-03-04T03:06:06

Authorities say a 26-year-old passenger ran to the front of a taxiing plane, opened a door and slid down to the tarmac before being detained.

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American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith says the man — who was not injured — was among 87 passengers aboard Flight 1343 from Charlotte, N.C., to Dallas on Tuesday.

Smith says the flight was uneventful until it landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Two ramp workers detained the man until airport police took him into custody.

Workers removed the slide so the plane could continue to the gate. Smith says the flight ended on time.

An airport spokesman says the man was referred to a local hospital for psychological evaluation.

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