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Islamabad, June 9, 2019:

After a woman passenger mistakenly opened the emergency door of the aircraft on the runway, nearly 40 passengers aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight were off-loaded on the runway at the Manchester airport in the UK.

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As per reports, the woman had opened the emergency exit door thinking it was the toilet.

Following this, the PIA flight, PK 702, from Manchester to Islamabad was delayed by seven hours.

As per reports, the departure was delayed on Friday night when the lady passenger mistakenly opened the emergency exit causing the activation of emergency chute.

“The PIA flight, PK 702, from Manchester to Islamabad was delayed by seven hours. The departure was delayed on Friday night when a passenger erroneously opened the emergency exit causing the emergency chute to activate,” said a PIA spokesperson.

The Airlines had to offload nearly 40 passengers and their luggage, as informed by the PIA spokesperson. He added that the offloaded passengers were provided transportation and hotel accommodation. They were adjusted on the next available flight.

According to an aviation industry expert, deploying an emergency slide is not a small incident. It actually costs an airline between $6,000 and $30,000 whenever the emergency chute is deployed.

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