Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Qantas Passenger Faces Jail Time After Trying To Open Plane Door Mid-Flight At 39,000 Feet

Travelers Today       By    Marc Delize

Updated: Feb 01, 2017 03:58 AM EST

Text Size: A A A

A man tried to open the emergency exit door of a Qantas airplane while in flight. The incident happened on Flight QF12 from Los Angeles to Sydney while the flight was on its 13th hour of its 15 hour journey.

The plane was cruising at an altitude of 39,000 feet or 12 km above sea level, when the incident happened. The crew was quick to respond, the man was intercepted and returned to his seat. It was aboard an Airbus A380, as reported by Telegraph Co UK.

The man was identified as 41 year old US citizen Manuel Gonzalez. It was not clear why he tried to open the door. Her was brought back to his seat and crew members surrounded him by seating around him for the rest of the flight.

However, it is very unlikely that the emergency door would have been opened by the man. According to a pilot, Patrick Smith, "cabin pressure won't allow it." He says an aircraft door is like a drain plug and is fixed in place by the interior pressure. He also said that plane exit doors open retract upward into the ceiling or others swing outward, but that they open inward first.

Smith adds that 1,100 pounds are pushing against each square foot of the door. Furthermore, the door is secured by a series of electrical and/or mechanical latches. One would need a hydraulic jack or superhuman strength to open it. However, the other passengers would not know that. Mr. Smith is also the author of a book about air travel entitled "Cockpit Confidential".

When the Qantas plane landed, the plane's captain spoke to Gonzalez then he was turned over to the Australian Federal Police. He was later charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft; if found guilty, he can face up to 10 years in jail.

Gonzalez has appeared in Central Local Court on 18 January, and will next appear in court on 15 March. During the first hearing, the prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions said the case would "likely" be treated as an indictable offense.

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

Tags
Qantas, airplanes, los angeles, Airbus, airbus a380, us, U.S.
© 2023 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Most Popular

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

Planning for a trip takes some time, even if it's just you g

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

If you have never traveled before but are thinking of doing so then

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

So there are a few islands that can be found off the Sco

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

You need to know how to plan appropriately and

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

A campus visit's significance could not be overstated. After all, fo

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

Having a gallery wall brings plenty of benefits to your

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

There is something equally relaxing and invigorati

Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash

Things That Will Help Cost-Conscious Vacationers Save Money

There are several ways you can significan

Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

How to Make Vet Visits Affordable in 2022

If the situation is minor, you might be lucky and get away

Photo by Tim Samuel from Pexels

Know Your Florida Driving Rules

There is so much to do in the region, but we want to focus on some of

Photo by Ging Ang from Pexels

Holidaying in your own Country: Try these Fun Trips!

Many countries are opening their borders, but if

Photo by Jessica Lewis Creative from Pexels

The Best Tech Tools for Expats

Here’s a quick look at most versatile tech tools for expats on the m

Photo by Tobi from Pexels

How to Turn a Road Trip Into A Luxury Adventure

But a road trip doesn’t have to mean living on the

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Do you want to become a citizen of Australia

Hair transplant Istanbul: Why is it so popular?

Hair Transplant Istanbul: Why is it so Popular?

Getting a hair transplant in Istanbul is affordable i

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

They are incredibly expensive, and they’re also in sh

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

International trade holds great importance in a

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

Riesling is Germany’s best-known wine, but the country makes other fi

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

There is nothing like the great outdoors –– nature

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

Who knew you could pack your entire life away into one litt

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

San Diego is a magnificent place, and it would not be

travelers today

© 2023 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics