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Hot scene as Lion Air passenger opens emergency exit

October 2, 2013 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Indonesia’s Lion Air, a rapidly expanding airline which has been in trouble recently for landing in the sea and then landing on a cow (separate flights), is in hot water again after a passenger managed to force open the emergency exit on one of its flights.

Mercifully for the other passengers, the plane (operating a flight from Manado to Jakarta) was on the ground at the time. A passenger forced open the emergency exit when the aircraft was on the runway ready to take off, the Jakarta Post reported. Rembrandt - www.rembrandtbkk

The newspaper said the passenger acted because of excessive heat in the cabin at Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi.

“The air-con was not working. It was very hot inside the cabin and we began to panic. Some passengers even got hysterical,” passenger Jekson Wenas told Indonesian news site kompas.com.

Passengers begged to be allowed to leave the stifling plane, but “rather than addressing our problems, the pilot put the aircraft into take-off position,” Jekson said.

It was then that a passenger wrenched open an emergency exit. This is not possible in flight, but with know-how it can be done on the ground. At that, the pilot returned the aircraft to the gate and all passengers had to disembark.

Passengers then had to wait for hours at the airport, with nobody from Lion Air telling them when the next flight would leave, Jekson said.

An airport management spokesman reported Lion Air as saying the air conditioning was functioning on the plane and would have worked normally once the plane was in the air.

It’s the most recent in a series of controversies to strike Lion Air. The airline was recently forced to deny persistent reports that it had been seating four people in sets of three seats on flights from Denpasar in Bali.

In April this year, it landed one of its late-model Boeing 737-800s in the sea just off the Bali coast, on a flight from Bandung in West Java. The plane missed the runway entirely and broke in half after hitting the water. Many passengers swam ashore and nobody died, though about 45 people were injured.

More recently, Lion Air made headlines by crashing one of its planes into a cow and skidding off the runway at Gorontalo airport on northern Sulawesi island. That mishap occurred as the Lion Air passenger jet, a B737-900, was landing.

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. bill says:

    This airline is in one mishap after another , should it be allowed to fly into Australia or should it be totally banned from flying this includes Indonesia.
    From what i have heard and read this carrier has no though on it passenger/s.

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