Your co-passengers on a flight could be annoying, too chatty, or someone who steals the armrest, or worse yet, pees on you while drunk. But can you imagine someone opening the emergency exit door mid-air without the need?
No, we are not talking about the time BJP MP Tejasvi Surya accidentally unlatched the emergency exit while the plane was still on the ground. We are talking about an incident where the door was successfully opened while in flight, albeit it was just a few hundred metres from landing.
The incident took place in South Korea.
This video below shows the horrifying scene playing out inside the flight, with wind whipping through the cabin, and passengers clinging to the armrest.
On May 26, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ8124 flying from Jeju to Daegu flew with the door open just before landing.https://t.co/FoHN6UW0Vy— Ryan Chan 陳家翹 (@ryankakiuchan) May 26, 2023
CC @thenewarea51 @flightradar24 @OnDisasters @aviationbrk https://t.co/RInv1BnVwx pic.twitter.com/NP55cDuCme
A passenger was arrested after he opened the left emergency door of an Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 aircraft (HL8256) on approach about 200 metres (656 ft) above the ground.endangering life of many.— FL360aero (@fl360aero) May 26, 2023
Many were hospitalised due to breathing issues after the incident. pic.twitter.com/LvrVMILfJC
Experts say it is next to impossible to swing open an emergency exit door when the flight is mid-air because of the pressure. Even if the lever to the door was to be pulled and the door technically opened, it wouldn't swing open.
However, in this case, the door was swung open, perhaps because the plane was too close to the ground. Even then, CNN quoting an aviation expert said it is technically not possible. An investigation is currently underway into the incident.