Passenger aboard Pakistani flight accidentally opens emergency door; several people offloaded

Female passenger mistakes exit door for toilet on PIA flight

Passenger aboard Pakistani flight accidentally opens emergency door; several people offloaded

A flight from Manchester was delayed for nearly eight hours when a confused passenger opened an emergency exit after mistaking it for the toilet door.

The Islamabad-bound PK-702 flight, which was about to take-off from Manchester, was delayed for seven hours owing to the incident. Gulf News reports the incident happened at the UK's Manchester Airport, when a female passenger decided she had to use the lavatory before takeoff, despite the seatbelt sign being lit, per the Independent.

The woman narrowly escaped falling from the plane. As she opened it, an evacuation slide deployed from under the door.

The 37 passengers on board the plane were offloaded while the flight was delayed by seven hours.

"As per standard operating procedure, the PIA had to offload almost 40 passengers and their luggage", PIA spokesperson told media.

"We regret the delay of PK771, which is an unfortunate outcome of the delay of PK702, caused due to a passenger opening the emergency door", PIA wrote.

Because the aircraft's evacuation capacity was reduced after losing the slide, some passengers had to stay behind and take a later flight. Several other departures from Manchester were also delayed as a result of the disruption.

Passengers were placated with food and others received an overnight hotel stay and transportation.

"We regret the delay of PK771, which is an unfortunate outcome of the delay of PK702", PIA tweeted.

An inquiry into the incident has been launched by PIA.

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