26 Might 2023
Updated 12 minutes ago
Watch: Inside cabin as plane door opened mid-flight
A man has been arrested for opening a door of an Asiana Airlines flight as it was landing in South Korea.
All 194 passengers survived the flight, which landed safely but with its door nevertheless open at Daegu International Airport on Friday.
Some passengers fainted although other people had breathing troubles and have been taken to hospital, neighborhood media reported.
The man in his 30s stated he was feeling suffocated and wanted to get off immediately, Yonhap news agency reported.
Police stated the man claimed in the course of questioning that he was stressed right after losing his job, according to the report.
Flight OZ8124, an Airbus A321-200 jet, had taken off from Jeju Island on Friday about 11:45 neighborhood time (03:45 GMT).
As it was landing about an hour later, a male passenger opened the emergency door although the plane was nevertheless 250m from ground.
A passenger’s video shared on social media shows the gap in the left hand side of the plane and winds buffeting rows of seated passengers.
Flight attendants had not been in a position to cease him for the reason that the plane was about to land, witnesses recounted to neighborhood media.
They stated the man had also attempted to jump out of the plane right after opening the door.
Passengers have described the panic on board.
“It was chaos with folks close to the door appearing to faint one particular by one particular and flight attendants calling out for physicians on board via broadcasting,” one particular 44-year-old passenger told Yonhap.
“I believed the plane was blowing up. I believed I was going to die like this,” he added.
The Asiana Airlines plane landed at Daegu with its door open
Various college age kids had also been on board, on their way to a weekend sporting occasion.
The mother of one particular of the students told Yonhap: “The kids have been shaking, crying, and frightened.”