Last updated: 04:26 PM ET, Mon January 04 2016

Open Door Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 04, 2016

Open Door Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing

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On Sunday, a South Korean commercial aircraft with 163 people aboard was forced to turn back after a crewmember discovered that one of the plane’s doors was not completely closed.

According to Karla Cripps and HyoungJoo Choi of, the flight was provided by low-cost Korean Air subsidiary Jin Air, and departed from Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines en route to Busan, South Korea.

The Boeing 737-800 was only in the air for about 40 minutes before a noise observed by flight attendants signaled that one of the doors on the aircraft was not properly secured. The plane was at an altitude of 10,000 feet when the door issue was discovered.

A Jin Air public relations officer told that there were no injuries reported during the ordeal, but some passengers said to local media that people onboard the flight felt nauseous after the plane turned around.

Upon landing once again in the Philippines, passengers were provided accommodations at a local hotel while the incident was investigated. After 15 hours, the customers once again departed for their destination.  

The South Korean Transport Ministry is conducting a formal investigation on the Jin Air incident, as well as full inspections of other low-cost carriers like Air Busan, Jeju Air, Easter Jet, T'way Air, Air Incheon and Jin Air.

To make up for the delays and inconvenience, Jin Air will compensate passengers impacted by the open-door flight with $84.28.


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