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

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Watch: Interior cabin as the plane door opened mid-flight

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

All 194 passengers survived the flight, which landed safely but with its 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 get off 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, took off from Jeju Island on Friday at around 11:45 a.m. local time (0345 GMT).

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

Passenger video shared on social media shows the gap in the left side of the plane and winds buffeting the rows of seated passengers.

The flight attendants were unable to stop him because the plane was about to land, witnesses told local media.

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

Passengers described the panic on board.

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

“I thought the plane was exploding. I thought I was going to die like that,” he added.


The Asiana Airlines plane landed in Daegu with its door open

Several school-aged children were also on board, en route to a sporting event over the weekend.

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

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