A passenger aboard a South Korean flight created a tense situation when they partially opened the emergency exit door just minutes before the aircraft was scheduled to land. Despite the incident, the flight managed to land safely.
Attempt to Stop the Passenger
According to officials, fellow passengers on the Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 attempted to prevent the individual from opening the door but were unsuccessful. The door eventually opened partially, as reported by the Transport Ministry. The passenger responsible for the act was subsequently detained.
Investigation and Details
Authorities are currently investigating the incident, focusing on determining the motive of the passenger who opened the emergency exit door. Details such as the duration for which the door remained open and the exact timing of the flight are also being probed. The flight, carrying 194 individuals, landed at Daegu airport around 12:40 pm after departing from Jeju Island one hour earlier.
Involvement of Teenage Athletes
Among the passengers were teenage athletes who were traveling to Ulsan, a southeastern city, to participate in track and field competitions. Their presence on the flight adds a unique aspect to the incident.
Social Media Footage and Aftermath
Video footage captured by a passenger on board and shared on social media shows the forceful wind blowing into the cabin through the open door, causing some passengers’ hair to be whipped around. Fortunately, no passengers suffered injuries, although a few had to be hospitalized as a precautionary measure.
It is imperative that authorities continue their investigation to shed light on the passenger’s intentions and ensure the safety of future flights.
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