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Asiana Airlines: Passenger arrested for opening plane door during South Korea flight


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Watch: Inside the cabin when the plane door opened mid-flight

A man has been arrested for opening a door of an Asiana Airlines flight as it landed in South Korea.

All 194 passengers survived the flight, which landed safely but with the door still open at Daegu International Airport on Friday.

Some passengers fainted, while others had breathing problems and were taken to hospital, local media reported.

The man in his 30s said he felt suffocated and wanted to leave quickly, Yonhap news agency reported.

Police said the man claimed during questioning that he was stressed after losing his job, according to the report.

Flight OZ8124, an Airbus A321-200 jet, had taken off from Jeju Island on Friday at around 11:45 local time (03:45 GMT).

When it landed about an hour later, a male passenger opened the emergency door while the plane was still 250 m from the ground.

A passenger video shared on social media shows the hole in the left side of the plane snaking onto rows of seated passengers.

The flight crew had been unable to stop him because the plane was about to land, witnesses told local media.

They said the man had also tried to jump out of the plane after opening the door.

Passengers have described the panic on board.

“It was chaos with people close to the door appearing to pass out one by one and the flight attendants calling for doctors on board through broadcasts,” a 44-year-old passenger told Yonhap.

“I thought the plane blew up. I thought I was going to die like this,” he added.


The Asiana Airlines plane landed at Daegu with the door open

Several school-aged children had also been on board on their way to a weekend sporting event.

The mother of one of the students told Yonhap, “The children were shaking, crying and scared.”

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