In what has to be one of the most bizarre stories I’ve read in a while, a man flying Emirates business class between Bangkok and Hong Kong claimed the emergency exit door opened mid-flight in an explosion, per news.com.au:
Briton David Reid and his son Lewis feared a bomb had gone off after hearing a “massive explosion” two hours into their flight on the brand new $376 million Emirates Airbus A380.
Freezing air blasted in and the cabin pressure plunged after the door in business class came nearly four centimetres ajar, leaving a gaping hole, Mr Reid told the Daily Mail.
As passengers wept in terror, he said, a petrified stewardess ran down the aisle and screamed “the door’s going to go” before cowering behind her seat.
Only instead of making an emergency landing they kept flying, and they stuffed the hole with tape, pillows, and blankets. Perfectly logical fix at 30,000 feet at 550 miles per hour. Oh, and of course the guy suffered a chest infection as a result of the situation.
Emirates and Airbus simply said:
“We can confirm there was a whistling noise emanating from one of the doors on the A380 upper deck on flight EK384 between Bangkok and Hong Kong on Monday, February 11. At no point was the safety of the flight in jeopardy,” an Emirates spokesman said: .’
An Airbus spokesman said: “It is not possible for a cabin door to open on an A380 or on any aircraft whilst in flight, as doors open inwards and have locking mechanisms.”
Truly bizarre on so many levels. Did this guy totally make the situation up, or…?