Terrified passengers scream as man tries to open plane door at 30,000 feet
Terrified passengers were left screaming when a man attempted to open the door of a plane at 30,000 feet.
Cabin crew and holiday goers had to force a man in his 30s to the floor of an easyJet plane after he grabbed the handle and yanked at the door on Wednesday.
According to witnesses, the unidentified male was bundled into a seat and "boxed in" by other male travellers as the Airbus A319, which set off from Gatwick Airport in London, finished its descent into Pisa, Italy.
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Speaking to The Sun, a company boss named Richard Conyard who was onboard said that passengers were "shouting and crying" as the incident unfurled.
The 42-year-old Maidstone resident said: "I saw this bloke walk up the aisle behind me and head towards the toilet. He looked a little nervous and had a heavy coat on. He was in the toilet for about a minute. When he came out he went towards the emergency exit and grabbed the handle and tried to open the door.
"One of the crew screamed at him to stop and other passengers started shouting and crying. Everyone was understandably very scared. A couple of guys went to help. I joined them. We bundled him into a seat.
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"Some women nearby were asked to swap seats so all these burly blokes could sit around him and box him in. He just sat there until we landed. We had to stay in our seats until police arrived."
Experts have confirmed that if the door had opened, the sudden decompression could have seen the people onboard sucked out and the cabin plummet to dangerously low temperatures.
Commenting on the incident, an easyJet representative reportedly told The Sun: "The captain of Flight EZY8233 from London Gatwick to Pisa requested police to meet the aircraft due to the disruptive behaviour of a passenger onboard during the descent."
It's been claimed that cabin crew were trained to act fast to ensure the safety of the flight and travellers. Police at Pisa Airport said a man in his 30s from Siena, Italy, had been questioned in connection with Wednesday's incident.