Terrifying scene when man opens door on Asiana Airlines flight as plane was about to land

In the event you ever wondered what would happen if someone opened the emergency door during a flight, 194 terrified passengers learned the hard way when a man opened the door of an Asiana Airlines plane minutes before it was due to land in the city of Daegu, South Korea.

The door was opened right before landing with the plane still about 650ft above the ground, according to Yonhap News Agency. The plane managed to land without incident and a male passenger in his 30s was detained by authorities for questioning — it’s not clear why he opened the door.

At least nine passengers were taken to the hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties, a possible symptom of panic. Video taken from inside the plane shows wind gushing into the aircraft, with passengers seated in the same row as the door taking the brunt of the impact.

The South Korean news agency reported that there were 48 elementary- and middle-school athletes among the passengers, the group was scheduled to compete in a national sports event in the nearby city of Ulsan.

“Children quivered and cried in panic,” the mother of one of the athletes said, according to Yonhap. “Those sitting near the exit must have been shocked the most.”

Here’s another angle of the wind blasting the cabin that captured the distress endured by the passengers sitting closest to the door:

There was plenty of confusion about how the door could have opened, given the cabin pressure. Again, the plane was nearly on the ground when the frightening incident took place.

Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses to the story, as seen on Twitter:


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