A 30-year-old man arrested for opening an emergency door on a landing plane told police he was “frustrated and wanted to get off the plane quickly,” citing stress from losing his job.
It’s a bizarre reason to cause an incident that threatened the lives of hundreds of people,
Police have applied for an arrest warrant, charging him with violating the Aviation Security Act, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Reporter Geunwoo Kim reports.
Lee Mo, 30, was arrested for opening the emergency door of an airliner 213 meters above the ground.
The plane landed safely, but it was a close call that could have resulted in mass casualties as there were 200 people on board.
During the police investigation, Mr. Lee stated that he was stressed due to the loss of his job and wanted to get off the plane quickly.
In fact, as soon as the plane landed, he tried to exit through an open emergency door.
It was the passengers and flight attendants sitting nearby who restrained Mr. Lee’s erratic behavior.
[Kim Hyung-soo / Detective Chief, Daegu East Police Station : When he expressed the action of wanting to get off, the flight attendants and passengers next to him immediately restrained him….]
Mr. Lee Yoon-joon, who was sitting right next to Lee at the time of landing, also joined in restraining him.
When the flight attendant called for help, he desperately grabbed the suspect as he couldn’t even unbuckle his seat belt.
[Lee Yoon-joon / Passenger next to me: I could hear the flight attendant’s voice, and he said something like, ‘Help me,’ so I grabbed (the suspect) with my bare arms토토사이트, pulled him….]
Luckily, I wasn’t hurt, but I’m still shaken up just thinking about the situation.
Police applied for an arrest warrant for Mr. Lee, charging him with violating the Aviation Security Act, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
They are also scheduling interviews with the victims, including Asiana’s flight attendants, captain and passengers.
I’m Kim Geun-woo of YTN.