Passengers horrified as PIA aircraft’s door opens during landing - Pakistan Today

Passengers horrified as PIA aircraft’s door opens during landing

Passengers screamed in horror when the emergency exit door of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft PK-631 travelling from Islamabad to Sukkur opened during landing, a local news outlet reported on Sunday.

There were no injuries to any passenger as the pilot managed to land the plane safely.

The administration of the national flag carrier also launched an inquiry into the incident to determine the actual cause.

On June 8, 2019, a woman, aboard a PIA flight, had sparked panic after she mistakenly opened the emergency exit door thinking it was the toilet.

The national flag carrier’s plane was on the runway at the Manchester Airport when she had pressed the button, opening the emergency exit door. Consequently, aircraft’s airbag shoot had opened and 37 passengers had to be off-loaded from the aircraft.

The Islamabad-bound PK-702 flight, which was about to take-off from Manchester, was delayed for seven hours owing to the incident. When the woman was asked why she had opened the emergency door, she had said that she thought it was the toilet.

Authorities had said that the plane’s airbag shoot had opened by mistake due to a lack of PIA staff the day earlier.

PIA’s spokesperson Mashood Tajwar had said that the incident was being probed. “The plane was parked on the runway when the airbag shoot opened, so there was no threat of any kind,” he had added.