In relation to the accident in which a man opened the door on a passenger flight to Daegu, foreign media focused on the related reports, calling it a ‘bizarre incident’.
On the 27th (local time), foreign media such as CNN Broadcasting, The Washington Post (WP), and the British BBC said, “At least 12 people complained of breathing difficulties as a passenger opened the door on an Asiana Airlines flight that passed over Korea, causing confusion.” “Police detained a 33-year-old man who opened the door,” the report said.
“Like other aircraft systems, the doors keep the cabin pressurized, and without pressurized cabin, passengers could lose consciousness without getting enough oxygen,” the WP reported.
“These doors are very difficult to open from the air,” Nick Wilson, associate professor of aeronautics at the University of North Dakota, told The Post. “The aircraft exits are designed to withstand significant pressure loads and stay in place.”
He added, “The lower the altitude, the lower the pressure difference and the easier it is to open the door.”
Geoffrey Thomas of airline ratings.com, a website specializing in aviation, called the incident “very bizarre” to CNN. It seems technically impossible for the door to open against the airflow, but somehow this happened.”
In this regard, Asiana Airlines told CNN, “The aircraft is set to automatically adjust the cabin pressure according to the altitude. There is,” he explained.
In addition to CNN and WP, influential newspapers such as the New York Times (NYT), Sky News, and The Guardian also covered the incident as major headlines.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, at around 12:37 pm on the 26th, Asiana Airlines Flight 8124, heading from Jeju to Daegu, had an accident where the emergency exit door opened at 700 feet while approaching Daegu Airport for landing. The plane landed at Daegu Airport with the doors open, and 12 passengers complained of breathing difficulties and were taken to the hospital.
A man in his 30s who forcibly opened the plane’s emergency door while it was landing, terrifying the passengers, said in a police investigation, “I was stressed after losing my job recently.”
Meanwhile, a similar incident occurred in Russia earlier this year. In January, a chartered flight (An-26-100) of Yakutsk, eastern Russia, took off from Magan Airport in eastern Russia, and the back door opened and returned. There are examples.
In accordance with Article 23 of the Aviation Security Act of Korea, passengers are prohibited from operating doors, exits, and equipment inside the aircraft. A person who manipulates the door in violation of Article 46 of the Aviation Security Act shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 10 years.
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