Wings Air flight forced to do emergency landing in Lombok after passenger allegedly pulled open emergency exit

Screengrab from one of the passengers’ post about the incident on Facebook.
Screengrab from one of the passengers’ post about the incident on Facebook.

A Wings Air plane headed to Bima, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) from Lombok had to make an emergency landing yesterday, after one passenger allegedly pulled open its emergency exit. 

The plane, which was carrying 62 passengers, returned to Lombok International Airport only about 20 minutes after take-off, reportedly due to “air pressure trouble.” 

The incident went viral on Facebook after one of the passengers, identified as DRM, posted about the incident. In a live video, DRM first alleged that another passenger had pulled open the emergency exit, resulting in a slight opening that affected the cabin’s air pressure. 

However, in a follow-up post, DRM simply wrote that “the emergency exit was not properly closed,” adding how she wasn’t sure why that was the case. 

Neither airport authorities nor Wings Air have provided further explanation for the emergency landing at the time of publication. 

The passengers have since been put on an alternate flight scheduled for today. 

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