Every airline passenger’s worst nightmare: the terrifying moment the plane door OPEN in mid-air as the traveler grabs the emergency exit handle
- The plane was on its way to the city of Daegu in South Korea when the door opened
In what would be anyone’s worst nightmare, an airplane door opened mid-air as a passenger grabbed the emergency exit handle.
Video shows passengers clutching their seats as the wind whipped into the plane as it descended into the South Korean city of Daegu on Friday.
Children began to shake with fear and cry when the door of the Asiana Airlines plane suddenly opened, witnesses said.
Nine passengers were so frightened they were sent to hospital with breathing difficulties when the plane landed safely at Daego airport at 12:40 a.m. local time, with the door still open.
Police detained a male passenger in his 30s for questioning after he opened the door. Yonhap Press Office reports. It’s unclear why he did that.
In what would be anyone’s worst nightmare, an airplane door opened mid-air as a passenger grabbed the emergency exit handle
An open door of an Asiana Airlines plane was seen Friday at Daegu International Airport in Daegu after a passenger opened the door
Rescue workers carry a passenger on a stretcher to an ambulance at Daegu International Airport in Daegu after their flight’s door was opened on Friday
Some people on board tried to stop the man from opening the door, but were unable to do so, the Transport Ministry said.
The plane, carrying 194 people, including 48 teenage athletes who were to compete in a national sporting event in the city of Olsan, had taken off from Jeju Island when the door opened.
“Children were shaking and crying in panic,” said the mother of one of the athletes. “Those sitting at the exit must have been the most shocked.”
An Asiana Airlines spokesman said authorities are investigating how the door opened.
“Police are investigating the incident after a passenger sitting at the emergency exit said he had touched the handle,” said an Asiana Airlines spokesperson.
Pictured: An open door of an Asiana Airlines plane is seen Friday at Daegu International Airport in Daegu, after being manually opened by a passenger
Rescue workers move students on stretchers at Daegu International Airport, in Daegu, South Korea, after the plane door opened in the air
While it’s rare for an airplane door to open while the plane is in the air, it’s happened before.
In January, the rear door of a Russian An-26 plane burst open shortly after takeoff in the world’s coldest region.
The pilot made a high-speed emergency landing at Magan in the Siberian region of Yakutsk and everyone on board was ‘safe’ despite the intense cold in the cabin during the drama.