Passenger opens Asiana Airlines plane door mid-flight.
South Korean authorities have arrested a male passenger after he opened a door of an Asiana Airlines plane shortly before the aircraft landed, the country’s transportation ministry said on Friday.
As the Airbus A321-200 plane was about 700 feet (213 meters) above the ground and about two to three minutes from landing in Daegu, South Korea, the unnamed passenger allegedly opened the door.
The incident left wind whipping through the plane’s cabin as terrified passengers gripped their armrests, video of the incident shows.
Some passengers fainted while others had breathing problems and were taken to hospital after suffering from suspected hyperventilation.
A video clip taken by a passenger captured the moment the wind ripped through rows of passengers, with a large gap in the side of the fuselage clearly visible. The footage showed passengers’ hair flapping wildly as some shouted out in fear.
“I thought the plane was going to explode … It looked like passengers next to the open door were fainting,” an unidentified 44-year-old passenger told the Yonhap News Agency.
According to witnesses, the unruly passenger tried to jump out of the plane after he opened the door, but was restrained by flight attendants.
Police said the suspect had so far not given any explanation for his actions, nor was he drunk at the point of his arrest.
“It is difficult to have a normal conversation with him,” an official said. “We will investigate the motive of the crime and punish him.”
More footage here from the terrifying Asiana Airlines flight with the emergency exit wide open for some 3 mins before landing.pic.twitter.com/P9r6uh4ANS
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Door of Asiana Airlines plane opens in mid-air just before landing in South Korea; 9 people taken to hospital with breathing difficulties pic.twitter.com/rUI6LTRihj
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