On the night of January 8, a bizarre incident occurred on an Air Canada flight scheduled to carry 319 passengers from Toronto to Dubai. A male passenger, who remains unnamed, opened an aircraft door and fell approximately 20 feet (6 meters) to the ground. The incident resulted in the flight being delayed for nearly six hours.
As per an Air Canada spokesperson, the passenger followed standard boarding procedures onto the Boeing 777 aircraft. Yet, rather than heading to his seat, he chose to open a cabin door, resulting in a fall from the plane. Officers swiftly apprehended the individual, who sustained injuries and was subsequently taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Peel Regional Police, responsible for investigating the incident, revealed that the unnamed passenger was "in a state of crisis" at the time of the occurrence. The police received a call about the incident around 9 p.m., and their investigation concluded that the individual had experienced a crisis, resulting in relatively minor injuries when he fell onto the tarmac.
The confirmation from Air Canada is that they followed all officially approved boarding and cabin operating procedures, with an ongoing active review of the incident. Simultaneously, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) acknowledged the event and joined forces with the airline, Peel Regional Police, and Peel EMS to extend support and identify pressing needs.
Netizens expressed their astonishment and concern on social media platforms, with some highlighting the unusual number of plane-related incidents in the early days of the year. Others made humorous remarks, including references to being a "frequent flyer" in an unexpected way. Some expressed frustration at the additional six-hour delay caused by the incident.
This unusual and alarming incident on an Air Canada flight has raised questions about passenger safety and mental well-being. Investigations are ongoing to understand the circumstances surrounding the passenger's actions, and both the airline and authorities are actively addressing the aftermath of the incident.