A passenger shocked the airline crew and his fellow passengers by opening a plane’s emergency exit door moments before take-off “to get some fresh air”. According to the People’s Daily Online, the man opened the door of the China Southern flight at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwest China’s Sichuan province. The unnamed man, who was sat towards the back of the plane, allegedly told a crew member that he had opened the exit in order to “get some fresh air before the plane took off”, saying that the aircraft was too warm.
The interruption delayed flight CZ3693, bound for Urumqi Diwopu International Airport, for around 40 minutes. The flight, which lasts around three and a half hours, was due to take-off at 9:55am, but did not end up departing until 10:52am.
A spokesman from Chendu Shangliu International Airport told paper the plane was near the security gate with 130 passengers on board. He added that after the door was open, airport staff closed it from the outside and re-examined the plane before take-off.
Under China’s Aviation Law any individual who causes deliberate destruction that endangers flight safety or causes serious consequences can be held criminally liable.
Culled from The Independent UK