South Korean authorities have initiated an investigation after a passenger on an Asiana Airlines flight opened a door shortly before the aircraft’s safe landing in Daegu city on Friday.
The incident occurred onboard an Airbus A321 plane that had departed from Jeju Island and landed at Daegu airport. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but nine individuals were transferred to a nearby hospital due to breathing issues following the event. Among the hospitalized individuals were eight schoolchildren from Jeju. Asiana officials confirmed that a passenger seated near the emergency exit row was being questioned by authorities.
Unveiling the Incident Details
According to statements from the airline, the incident unfolded when the plane was merely two or three minutes away from landing. A male passenger seated next to an emergency exit opened a cover and pulled the lever, causing the door to open approximately 200 meters above the ground. Notably, all passengers were securely seated with their seat belts fastened in preparation for landing at the time of the occurrence.
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South Korean: Investigation and Safety Measures
South Korean police have launched an investigation into the incident, focusing on the passenger who allegedly tampered with the emergency exit. Authorities are gathering information and conducting interviews to ascertain the exact details and circumstances surrounding the event. The safety and security protocols followed by Asiana Airlines will also be examined as part of the investigation to ensure compliance with established aviation standards and regulations.
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Passenger Safety and Well-being
Although no injuries were reported directly from the incident, the nine individuals who experienced breathing issues were promptly transferred to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation and treatment. Asiana Airlines and relevant authorities are closely monitoring their condition to ensure their well-being.