Man who opened plane door in South Korea said he wanted to get off early
Seoul A passenger who opened the door of an Asiana Airlines flight just before it was about to land at an airport in South Korea told police he felt suffocated and wanted to get off the plane early. Police officials gave this information on Saturday. It was scheduled to land at Daegu International Airport, 237 km southeast of Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported. When the aircraft was about 200 m (650 ft) in the air, a passenger sitting near the emergency exit opened the emergency gate by pressing a lever. That passenger was taken into custody.
According to police officials, during interrogation, the man told the officers that he was under a lot of stress after a recent job loss and felt suffocated, wanted to get off quickly, so he opened the door.
Police plan to request an arrest warrant for the man who allegedly breached aviation security law following inquiries.
No passenger was hurt in this incident. But 12 panicked passengers started having difficulty in breathing, due to which they were sent to the hospital.