AeroMexico emergency exit opened, passenger walking on the wing
At first it sounds like a typical case of bad behavior on airplanes.
Mexico City International Airport acknowledged in a statement on Friday that a person opened an emergency exit and walked onto a wing of a plane that was parked and awaiting takeoff on Thursday.
The airport said the man was handed over to the police.
But several fellow passengers signed a written copy of a statement saying the airline made them wait for four hours without ventilation or water while the flight was delayed. According to photos of the statement posted online, fellow passengers said he acted “to protect everyone, with everyone’s support.”
The airport said in a statement that “yesterday a passenger on a flight to Guatemala opened an emergency door of a plane while it was stopped in an isolated position, standing on a wing and then reentered the cabin, without affecting the plane or anyone else. something else.”
“In accordance with international security regulations, this person has turned himself in to the authorities,” it said.
At least 77 passengers aboard the AeroMexico flight to Guatemala signed a handwritten statement on notebook paper, photos of which were posted on social media, supporting the man’s actions.
“The delay and lack of air created conditions that endangered the health of the passengers. He saved our lives,” according to the statement.
An incident report filed by airport authorities largely corroborates that version.
“About 11:37 a.m., a Mexican airline reported the beginning of a disturbance due to the dissatisfaction of passengers on flight AM672,” according to the report. “The flight was supposed to lift off at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, but due to an aircraft maintenance alert, the captain had to return to the gate for necessary maintenance.”
“The passengers were not happy and one of them opened the emergency door and got out of the wing,” the report said. “This event requires the aircraft to be changed.”
Airport authorities did not identify the man, and they declined to comment on whether he remains in custody or faces charges.
Flight tracking sites confirmed that flight AM672 to Guatemala City was delayed for 4 hours and 56 minutes Thursday.
A video apparently recorded on board the flight shows passengers fanning themselves and asking a flight attendant for water.
AeroMexico did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.