Aviation Herald is reporting that a door was opened on an Asiana A321, performing flight OZ-8124 from Jeju to Daegu (South Korea) with 194 people on board.
The flight had been at 21,000ft and was descending towards Daegu when a left-hand emergency exit opened causing injuries to 9 passengers.
According to sources, the door on the Asiana A321 was opened shortly before landing.
It appears that the exit door is L3 at row 26 in the economy cabin just behind the wing. It is impossible to open the door as the Flight Lock Activator (FLA) is engaged and not deactivated till the landing gear touches down.
Aviation Herald says “The Asiana aircraft continued for a safe landing on Daegu’s runway 13R. The injured were taken to a hospital.”
Apparently, nine passengers were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties and the passenger sitting next to it was arrested for allegedly intentionally opening the door.
Sources according to Aviation Herald say the man who was sitting next to the emergency exit had been touching the lever.
The picture below is of the door that opened and the damaged area below the opening is where the escape slide would have been deployed from as this was an emergency door and the slide activates automatically. The escape slide would have torn away in the wind.
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