Asiana Passenger Pries Open Exit Door While In Flight

by Anthony Losanno
Asiana Door

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This seems like something out of a scary movie. A domestic Asiana Airlines flight earlier today experienced a harrowing incident when a passenger opened the emergency exit door as the plane was descending.

The Asiana Airlines flight OZ8124 between Jeju International Airport (CJU) and Daegu International Airport (TAE) (both cities are in South Korea) is a 205-mile route. The Airbus A321 was on descent when a passenger (described as male in his 30s) opened the emergency exit door. Reports say that the man tried to jump out but was prevented from doing so by flight attendants and nearby passengers. Videos below show some of this scary situation.

Thankfully, no one was sucked out of the plane, but nine passengers needed to be hospitalized upon landing. There are no reports on motive or the passenger’s mental state. He remains in police custody.

(Featured Photo Credit: South China Morning Post.)

Anthony’s Take: This is one of my nightmares come true. Keep in mind, it’s pretty much impossible to open an exit door at cruising altitude. But, it’s possible (though still quite a feat) to open doors at lower altitudes. Hopefully, police will get some answers and the passengers will have a speedy recovery.

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Sam May 26, 2023 - 7:37 am

…how…? I thought it was “impossible” to actually open the emergency exits during flight…

NedsKid May 26, 2023 - 8:15 am

Nearing ground the cabin pressurization system starts to equalize with outside. I’ve been faced with an Airbus door where the cabin pressure light was on and you can force it open but it does take quite a bit of effort.


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