Passengers desperately ‘hold plane door closed after it flies open mid-flight’ – World News

Footage and images appear to show at least two passengers holding the door closed on the flight from Jordao to Rio Branco, Brazil – they reportedly continued to do so until the plane landed

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Brazil: Passengers attempt to hold plane by shut mid-flight

This is the stomach-churning moment passengers appear to hold an airplane door closed after it reportedly flew open mid-flight.

The handrail hit the engine’s propeller after the door opened on the flight from Jordao, in the westernmost Brazilian state of Acre, to Rio Branco, the capital of Acre.

Shocking footage and images appear to show at least two passengers holding the door to the small airplane closed on Thursday.

They reportedly continued to hold the door until the plane landed.

Incredibly no injuries were reported on board.







The door reportedly flew open
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Passengers appear to be trying to keep it shut
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The passengers appear to be remarkably calm despite the danger aboard the plane, said to be an Embraer 110 Bandeirante, a Brazilian twin-turboprop light aircraft used in commercial flights and by the military which can typically fly between 15 and 21 passengers.

The images were shared online where they were quickly picked up by local media outlets.

The flight, reportedly operated by Rio Branco Aerotaxi, had taken off from Jordao at 12.30pm before landing at 2pm.







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According to one of the passengers, who has not been named, the door opened after one of its support cables broke.

They said another passenger got up and together with a man, as can be seen in the footage, they joined together and kept the door closed.

They reportedly held the door for 20 minutes, with the pilot shutting down the left engine after the door’s handrail hit the propeller.

The pilot, who has not been named, completed the flight on just one engine.

A spokesperson for Rio Branco Aerotaxi told local media that the incident was referred to CENIPA, the country’s Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents.

They added that the aircraft had since been repaired and was now ready to fly again.

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