A Pakistani woman passenger onboard a flight from Manchester, England to Islamabad, Pakistan accidentally opened the emergency door of the plane mistaking it to the toilet door. Pakistan International Airlines flight PK702, which was a 8hr non-stop flight was delayed for hours due to the incident.
Once the emergency door opens, the slide chutes are automatically deployed for passengers to disembark in an emergency. Deploying the emergency slide costs somewhere between $6000 to $30,000 whenever the chute is deployed, according to aviation industry experts. The whole plan had to be evacuated as per standard operating procedure and the 38 passengers on the flight and their luggage were offloaded following the incident.
The incident happened at the airport prior to flight take off. Normally, cabin crew should watch over emergency exits during the preparation for take off and it is not clear how the woman accessed the emergency door mechanism without being stopped by the cabin crew. The delay of flight PK702 caused further delays of subsequent flights from the same gates including PIA flight PK771.
“All passengers were provided dinner. The offloaded passengers were provided with transportation and hotel accommodation and will be adjusted on the next available flight,” a PIA spokesperson revealed to CNN. “PIA regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers due to this incident.”
Flight Involved: PIA PK702 Flight from Manchester, England to Islamabad, Pakistan (Islamabad International Airport – IIAP)