Passenger opens plane’s emergency door and deploys evacuation slide
Passenger opens plane’s emergency door and deploys its evacuation slide as he thinks ‘the cabin was too hot’
- An air passenger accidentally opened an evacuation slide while waiting to get off
- The man opened the emergency door as he felt the cabin was ‘too hot and stuffy’
- He has been detained for 15 days by airport police in Sichuan, south-west China
A flight passenger has accidentally deployed an evacuation slide while waiting to get off a plane at an airport in south-west China.
The man, surnamed Chen, claimed the cabin was ‘too hot and stuffy’ and opened an emergency door for some fresh air.
Mr Chen has been detained for 15 days. Chinese low-budget carrier Lucky Air claimed it would seek compensation from the traveller.
A Chinese passenger opened an emergency door ‘for some fresh air’ at an airport in China
The emergency slide has been mistakenly opened as the passengers are leaving the plane
The incident happened after the plane landed in Mianyang Nanjiao Airport and parked at the apron on April 27, reported Guancha.cn.
The Lucky Air flight number 8L9720 took off at Sanya in Hainan Province in south China and landed in Mianyang after a two hour and 40 minutes flight, according to schedule.
Mianyang Nanjiao Airport posted a statement which said Mr Chen opened an emergency door on the left of the aircraft while other passengers were preparing to leave because the cabin was ‘too hot and stuffy’.
He lifted the latch and the evacuation slide deployed automatically.
Mr Chen was immediately detained by airport police.
He was later handed over to the Mianyang Public Security Bureau, whose personnel questioned and then detained him for 15 days.
The incident has alerted airport police and caused delays to the air traffic in Sichuan
Retrieving the evacuation slide could be costly to the airline as it is a time-consuming process
Mr Chen has been detained for 15 days and maybe a compensation to the airline company
Mr Chen also claimed he had no idea that was the aircraft’s cabin door.
Mianyang City’s civil aviation administration said Mr Chen’s actions caused major delays as well as manpower and equipment expenses costing more than 100,000 yuan (£11,000).
His stunt might also have damaged the evacuation slide, which would put the estimated damages at several times the aforementioned amount.
Lucky Air suggested it would seek compensation from the man.
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