Suicidal Woman Tries Opening Emergency Exit Mid-Flight

By April Rixon, January 8, 2016

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A woman flying from Changsha to Sanya on Monday afternoon was detained by Chinese police after trying to open one of the emergency exit doors mid-flight. But unlike the infamous 'I needed some fresh air' case, this one had darker motives. South China Morning Post reports that the woman, for reasons still unknown, threatened to commit suicide when stopped by a flight security officer. She is now being questioned by Sanya airport police along with two other passengers who were involved in the incident.

LET'S RECAP: Man opens airplane emergency exit 'to get a breath of fresh air'Passengers on board delayed flight open emergency exits and escape down to taxiwayDrunk passenger attempts to open emergency exit during Changsha-Hohhot flightAnother passenger opens emergency exit onboard flight, says it's no biggie

Last year saw a rise in the number of attempts to open emergency exit doors, with 12 individual cases taking place in the first five months of 2015 alone. But while the number of incidents are increasing, it's still nearly impossible for an emergency exit door to be opened mid-flight. The internal pressure forcing the door outward against its seal makes pulling the door inward to open nearly impossible for even the strongest of humans.

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