A tourist sparked panic after tearing open a plane’s emergency exit door moments before take-off. The holidaymaker was onboard the Airbus A320

Tourist sparks panic moments before takeoff in Thailand

Tourist sparks panic moments before takeoff in Thailand

Tourist sparks panic moments before takeoff in Thailand

Tourist sparks panic moments before takeoff in Thailand

Tourist sparks panic moments before takeoff in Thailand
Tourist sparks panic moments before takeoff in Thailand
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A tourist sparked panic after tearing open a plane’s emergency exit door moments before take-off.

The holidaymaker was onboard the Airbus A320 with 86 passengers ready to taxi across the tarmac in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, on Thursday but the tourist – who passengers said was drunk – rushed towards the wing door and ripped it from the hinges causing the inflatable slide to deploy.

Shocked passengers screamed while airport security staff pinned the blonde-haired man to the ground.

Local media dubbed him a ”crazed foreigner”.

The passenger was pictured wearing jeans, a blue shirt and white trainers after having his hands and feet cuffed inside the airport.

Staff from the Thai Smile airline said that more than 600,000 baht in damage had been caused by the incident.

The traveller, who has not been named, was detained in custody while airport officials investigated the incident.

One passenger onboard the plane said the tourist was ”drunk” and had ”opened the emergency door causing a lot of drama and a delay”.

The flight, WE169, had been due to depart at 15:40 but was delayed. It eventually took off at around 17:00 for domestic destination Bangkok.

A spokesman for flag carrier Thai Airway’s low cost subsidiary Thai Smile apologised for the incident.

They said: ”The incident occurred when the plane was about to depart from Chiang Mai International Airport for Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

”After the aircraft door had been successfully closed there was a wait for a taxi to take off.

”A foreign male passenger ran to open the emergency exit door next to the left wing of the plane. The incident caused the emergency door to be opened entirely and an emergency slide unfolded.

”The captain immediately suspended the flight and notified ground officials and security personnel to control the incident.

”The foreign man was detained but it it not yet clear what his motivation was to do this.”



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German survives Koh Samui AXE ATTACK

A large contingent of police from Koh Samui and Bangkok arrested a Yasothon man at a house in Nonthaburi last night. Somchai Duaylai resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody.

Earlier this week he had attacked a German man with an axe at his house in Bo Phut, Koh Samui and robbed a British man in another burglary. He was then traced to Bangkok after fleeing via the ferry to the mainland.

In addition Somchai had served 5 years for the rape of a British tourist in 2009. After coming out of prison he turned to robbing tourists.

At 11.30pm last night police descended on a rented property in Ngam Wong Wan Road Soi 25Nonthaburi where Somchai was staying with his wife. He barricaded the door but after a stand off and while he was distracted his wife opened the door to officers.

Still Somchai resisted arrest grabbing a knife and bottle and using a wardrobe in the process, reported Thai Rath. He was finally taken into custody.

He admitted thieving in Samui with another 36 year old man before escaping on a motorcycle to Bangkok. He was named in two warrants issued on the holiday island.

Pol Col Thongchana of the Bo Phut police said that Somchai and another man broke into the house of a 47 year old German tourist on Monday.

The tourist confronted them after he heard the sound of breaking glass.

A fight developed in which Somchai wielded an axe that struck the tourist in the head and by the ear injuring him. Somchai fled with a wallet but it only contained a driving license and electronic card.

Then on Tuesday Somchai broke into the house of a British tourist of Chinese descent stealing sterling to the value of 16,000 baht. He then fled the island by motorcycle on the ferry and headed to Bangkok.

Pol Col Thongchana said that Somchai was a beach food vendor by day and thief by night, stealing from tourists who had gone out to swim.

Back in 2009 he was jailed for five years for the rape of a UK tourist but after coming out of prison he turned to theft. He was caught and ordered jailed but was released after an appeal.

He is now being held in Bangkok before he is taken back to Koh Samui.

Thai Rath did not report any details about the condition of the German man who fought the robbers at his house. – Thai Rath



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