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A United Airlines flight couldn’t take off for five hours after a man aboard the flight escaped through the emergency exit.

A United Airlines flight was delayed five hours after a man disembarked the plane through the emergency exit while it was parked at the gate, according to NBC 4 New York.

“While Flight 1640 was parked at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport, a passenger opened the emergency exit door and departed the aircraft using the slide,” United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin said, according to NBC 4 New York.

United Airlines Flight 1640 was bound from New Jersey to Tampa. The passenger, who was later identified as Troy Fattun, shouted that he was on the wrong plane and took matters into his own hands. The Port Authority later said the passenger's ticket "showed he was on the right plane," according to the New York Post.

Fattun was arrested and the charges are pending.

Passenger John O’Malley said all passengers left the flight safely after the incident.

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The flight eventually took off at 12:09 a.m. and landed in Tampa around 3 a.m. on Monday,according to Flightaware.com, which tracks flight departures, arrivals and delays.

A separate United Airlines flight from Newark suffered from a malfunction scare on Sunday night, too, according to Fox News. The flight experienced a blown tire during takeoff.

Passengers told Fox-12 Oregon that they heard a loud bang when they took off, but no one panicked.

The flight later landed safely in Oregon. Both Port of Portland and Portland Fire Officials remained on site in case the plane needed help landing.

The plane was later towed to the gate, according to KATU-2.