Nothing spoils a flight like hitting a patch of rough weather and then the door suddenly coming open.
Passengers on a regional domestic flight in New Zealand received the shock of their lives when that happened.
It wasn’t exactly a big plane, granted, but it was a frightening experience. According to the New Zealand Herald, the Barrier Air Piper Chieftain was flying from Kaitaia in New Zealand’s far north to Auckland on Tuesday afternoon, carrying six passengers and a pilot.
Passenger Jimmy Snowden told One News in NZ that everyone was “bloody scared” when the door suddenly came open while the plane was still in the sky.
Snowden said the problem started as the plane approached Auckland, when “a whole lot of air started coming from the door and it got very loud”.
Snowden said the plane circled Auckland Airport three times before landing safely. After landing, the pilot mentioned that the plane’s door had recently been repaired.
There was no explanation or apology, Snowden said.
Written by Peter Needham