An Asiana Airlines plane landed safely at the airport in the South Korean city of Daegu on Friday after one of the passengers allegedly opened the emergency door of the aircraft shortly before reaching its destination, Reuters and Yonhap reported.
The plane, which had 194 people on board, had taken off from Jeju Island about an hour earlier when the door suddenly opened at 12:45 p.m., airport officials and industry sources said.
None of those on board fell and no one was injured, but nine passengers panicked and had difficulty breathing, being transported to the hospital, but their condition is not serious.
The South Korean police detained for questioning a passenger aged about 30, suspected of trying to force the door while the plane was preparing to land. It is not clear what his motive might have been.
Among the passengers were also 48 primary and secondary school students who were going to participate in a national sports event on Saturday in the nearby city of Ulsan, writes Agerpres.
“The children were shaking and crying,” reported the mother of one of the little athletes. “Those who were standing near the descent were probably the most shocked,” she said.
Editor: Raul Nețoiu
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