In a police interview, the 33-year-old suspect, who goes by the last name Lee, indicated that he was having difficulty breathing. He wanted to get out of the plane as quickly as possible, and thus opened the door before the plane landed.
Twelve passengers suffered minor injuries. The regular domestic flight of Asiana Airlines was landing in Daegu with 200 people on board. Victims say the air was blown violently when the emergency door was opened. The panic was great. Some say they experienced severe pain in their ears. A video of the incident went viral.
Because of the air pressure, it should not be possible to open the door during the flight. Asiana Airlines believes it has succeeded in this case because the landing has already begun. According to the Ministry of Transport, the plane was flying at an altitude of 213 meters when the man pulled the handle.
The suspect was officially arrested today. He is suspected of violating the aviation law. It states that passengers are not allowed to touch the aircraft door, emergency door and other equipment. Daegu police said they may allow 20 days for the investigation before Lee is charged. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison.
a lot of pressure
According to the police, the suspect has now provided an explanation for his strange act. He was going to be under a lot of pressure because he was recently fired. He later told the officers, “I wanted to get out as quickly as possible.” Lee felt like he was choking, so he pulled the emergency door handle. His seat was near there.
As a precaution, Asiana Airlines will leave the lines next to the emergency exit empty for the time being. So there are few seats available for each flight.
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