Confused passenger opens aircraft door while looking for the toilet
- Emergency chute deployed on Pakistan International Airlines flight on Friday
- Engineers called to Boeing 737-340 and all 37 passengers were off-loaded
- Flight due to take off at 9.20pm on Friday but only departed at 5am next day
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A flight from Manchester Airport was delayed for seven hours after a passenger allegedly opened the emergency exit after mistaking it for the toilet door.
The emergency chute on the Pakistan International Airlines flight was deployed after the woman’s error and engineers were called to the Boeing 737-340.
All 37 passengers on board had to be off-loaded and the flight, which was due to take off at 9.20pm on Friday night, did not depart until 5am the next morning.
The emergency chute on the Pakistan International Airlines flight was deployed at Manchester Airport last Friday night. A file image of a PIA jetliner is pictured
Authorities claimed that the airbag chute on flight PK-702 to Islamabad opened because of a lack of airline staff the day earlier, reported The Express Tribune.
The woman was asked why she had opened the emergency door and said she thought it was the toilet, according to the Pakistani English-language newspaper.
A Pakistan International Airlines spokesman said: ‘The plane was parked on the runway when the airbag chute opened, so there was no threat of any kind.’
A Manchester Airport spokesman confirmed the flight was delayed at Terminal 2, while officials said that the aircraft was not on the runway at the time.
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