A 24 year-old man was arrested for jumping out of an AirAsia flight as it was taxiing for takeoff last Friday.
The AirAsia plane was getting ready to takeoff and was starting its roll down the runway when the young man, only indentified as “Chong”, opened the emergency door which automatically deployed the emergency slide.
He then slid down the chute.
Flight attendants immediately told the pilots, who immediately powered down the engines.
Witness Siva Nathiran told The Star: “The flight to Kuala Lumpur was supposed to take off at 7.40pm, but was delayed for more than an hour. When the plane was already accelerating on the runway and was about to take off, a young man suddenly opened the emergency door and jumped out.
“The raft automatically opened when the door was opened. The passengers inside the aircraft started screaming. The flight attendants immediately alerted the pilots and the plane was stopped in its track.”
The man was arrested. Authorities do not know his reasons for the jump.
There were no injuries and apparently the man was not injured either.