The man who caused panic by opening the door of a plane in mid-flight said he was “suffocated”

The man who caused panic by opening the door of a plane in mid-flight said he was “suffocated”

2023-05-27 11:20:43

A man that opened the emergency door of an Asiana Airlines plane in mid-flight he felt “suffocated” and wanted to get out quickly, South Korean police said on Saturday.

The plane was carrying nearly 200 passengers when it arrived at the runway of Daegu International Airport, 240 km south of Seoul, on Friday on a local flight.

When the plane was about 200 meters above the ground, the man in his 30s, according to police, opened the exit door.

The passenger was taken for questioning by Daegu police, explaining that he was “under stress after recently losing his job.”

“He felt the flight was taking longer than it should have and felt suffocated in the cabin,” a Daegu police detective told AFP. “He wanted to get out quickly.”

The passenger faces 10 years in prison for violating aviation safety laws.

A video taken by a passenger showed the wind blowing through the open door and some people screaming in surprise.

Several passengers were taken to hospital after suffering breathing difficulties, but there were no serious injuries or damage, according to the Ministry of Transport.

“It was chaos with people near the gate appearing to faint one by one, and flight attendants calling the doctors on board,” a 44-year-old passenger told Yonhap news agency.

“I thought the plane was exploding. I thought I was going to die,” he added.

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An official from the Ministry of Transportation told AFP it was “the first such incident” he was aware of in Korean aviation history.

Experts say the South Korean airline industry has a strong safety record.

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