Disturbing Cries for Help From the Cargo Hold Causes Pegasus Airlines’ Flight to Divert

by Anthony Losanno
Pegasus Airlines

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Pegasus Airlines flight PC690 was en route to King Khalid International Airport (RUH) from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) on Saturday night when disturbing cries for help were heard coming from the cargo hold. The plane diverted to Antalya Airport (AYT) to investigate the situation.

Pilots feared that a baggage handler had become trapped in the likely freezing cargo hold of the Airbus A321neo after reports of someone shouting “help me” were received. A flight emergency was declared and the plane was able to divert to the nearby Turkish city.

PC690 Flight Status

Once on the ground, employees found no one inside and no cause for the mysterious cries. The aircraft was cleared and passengers were on their way with a few-hour delay and a creepy story to share.

This would not have been the first time a baggage handler got stuck before takeoff. In 2018, an American Airlines employee became intoxicated and climbed into the cargo hold of a Boeing 737 to sleep it off on a Kansas City International Airport (MCI) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) flight.

Another incident occurred in 2015 when an Alaska Airlines employee got stuck in the cargo hold of a flight between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). He used his cell phone to call 911, but it was his screams and banging that made passengers alert crew to the situation and save the man.

Anthony’s Take: This must have been a creepy experience for the passengers to hear someone shouting for help and then for there to be no one there. Thankfully, no one was injured or died from being trapped.

(Featured Image Credit: Nathan Kasongo.)

(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo.)

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