Deportee critically injured in escape attempt at airport

The Associated Press
Wednesday November 22, 2000

LOS ANGELES — A woman being deported to China jumped from a jetway at Los Angeles International Airport and was badly injured, authorities said. 

The 29-year-old woman, whose name wasn’t released, suffered head injuries and was in critical condition Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Roxanne Moster Yamaguchi. 

Two detention officers were escorting the woman about 12:30 p.m. Monday when she jumped from the jetway and fell about 20 feet to the pavement, said Sharon Gavin, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Los Angeles district. 

The jetway was going to be hooked up to a China Eastern Airlines plane bound for Beijing. 

The woman had failed to produce the required documents upon entering the United States in October, leading to a deportation order, Gavin said. 

“She didn’t want to go,” Gavin said. 

There has been an increase of Chinese immigrants recently attempting to enter the United States without documents, Gavin added.