Asiana Airlines: Passenger arrested for opening plane door on flight to South Korea

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Watch: Inside the cabin as the plane door opened mid-flight

A man has been arrested for opening a door on an Asiana Airlines flight as it landed in South Korea.

All 194 passengers survived the flight, which landed safely at Daegu International Airport on Friday with the door still open.

Some passengers passed out while others had breathing problems and were taken to hospital, local media reported.

The man in his 30s said he was choking and wanted to get out quickly, the Yonhap news agency reported.

According to police, the man said during questioning that he was stressed after losing his job.

Flight OZ8124, an Airbus A321-200 jet, took off from Jeju Island at around 11:45 local time (03:45 GMT) on Friday.

When it landed about an hour later, a male passenger opened the emergency door while the plane was still 250 meters from the ground.

A passenger video shared on social media shows the hole on the left side of the plane and gusts of wind pounding rows of seated passengers.

Flight attendants had been unable to stop him because the plane was about to land, witnesses told local media.

They said the man had also tried to jump out of the plane after opening the door.

Passengers have described the panic on board.

“It was chaos with people close to the door seeming to pass out one by one and flight attendants calling for doctors on board via the broadcast,” a 44-year-old passenger told Yonhap.

“I thought the plane blew up. I thought I was going to die like this,” he added.

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The Asiana Airlines plane landed at Daegu with the door open

There were also several school-age children on board, heading to a sporting event over the weekend.

The mother of one of the students told Yonhap, “The children were shaking, crying and scared.”

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