Once it was revealed that the man who opened an emergency exit door during a flight in South Korea was formally arrested and faced up to 10 years in prison, the subject claimed to have a reason, he felt suffocated.
Before a district court in Daegu, South Korea, which approved a warrant to formally arrest the man, the subject said, “I wanted to get off the plane early... I really feel sorry for the children”, said, in a likely reference to the teenage athletes who were among the passengers.
Daegu police said they have up to 20 days to investigate the man before determining whether to send him to prosecutors for a possible indictment.
#VIDEO | OPENED THE PLANE IN FULL #FLIGHT!
A man has arrested for crimes against air #security, for opening the emergency door at a a thousand feet high.
The aircraft was landing in Daegu, #Korea from the south.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for violating aviation security law that prohibits passengers from tampering with entry doors, emergency exit doors, and other equipment on board, according to the Ministry of Transportation.
Daegu police said the man, surnamed Lee, told them he was under stress after recently losing a job and wanted to get off the plane soon. because he felt suffocated just before landing.
Man faces up to 10 years in prison for opening emergency door of a plane in flight to South Korea https://t.co/zVuvmVjXnl— The Opinion (@TheOpinionLA) May 28,
From his actions, 12 people were slightly injured Friday after he opened the door of an Asiana Airlines Airbus A321-200, triggering an air explosion inside the cabin and terrifying passengers.
Some passengers said they suffered severe earaches and saw others scream and cry. A video shared on social networks shows the hair of the passengers being whipped by the air that enters the cabin.
People who were taken to hospitals were mainly treated for minor problems such as breathing difficulties.