An Emirates Airbus A380 flying to Hong Kong last Monday suffered an apparent door breach. According to at least one passenger, the door ‘blew open’ terrifying passengers.
The incident happened on Emirates Flight 384 from Bangkok, Thailand to Hong Kong, China on February 11th.
‘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.’
Mr. Reid went on to say that instead of the pilots making an emergency landing, ‘the crew decided to stuff blankets and pillows stuck together with gaffer tape into the hole and continue the flight despite a horrendous droning noise and sub-zero temperatures, as photographed by Mr Reid and his son’.
“Other passengers were crying and saying ‘We’re going to go down, we’re going to go down.’ It was complete panic. The emergency door was ajar and leaving a gaping hole. You could see straight out into the atmosphere, 27,000ft up.”
He also said cabin crew closed the curtain between business class to stop those in the economy cabin below discovering what was happening.
Emirates released a statement saying that although there was an incident but that the flight was never in any danger:
“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.”