Passenger Opens Cabin Door, Falls to Tarmac

Incident delays boarding of Air Canada plane by six hours
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2024 6:40 PM CST
Passenger Opens Cabin Door, Falls to Tarmac
An Air Canada aircraft taxis at Vancouver International Airport in this file photo.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

It's another scary moment involving a commercial jet, though this time a single passenger is being blamed. After a man boarded an Air Canada jet at Toronto's Pearson airport, he proceeded to open a cabin door at the opposite end of the plane and fall onto the tarmac, reports Global News Canada. The unidentified passenger suffered minor injuries, while the flight from Toronto to Dubai was delayed about six hours, per the CBC.

It was not immediately clear whether the passenger was attempting to exit the plane or how he was able to open the door. "Through investigation, it was determined that the individual was in a state of crisis when this incident occurred," said police in a statement. The airline said the man boarded normally, and nothing initially seemed amiss. The plane was a Boeing 777, and it was still at the gate when the incident on Monday evening occurred. (More Air Canada stories.)

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