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Unsealed Airplane Door Forces Flight to Return

Passengers on a Jin Air flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport faced a 15-hour delay after their craft was grounded due to a door malfunction.

A passenger plane bound for the South Korean city of Busan was forced to return to the tarmac at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) on Sunday after it was discovered that one of the aircraft’s doors was not completely sealed.

The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning, less than an hour after the Jin Air flight took off from CEB.

A spokesperson for Jin Air, a budget subsidiary of Korean Air, confirmed the incident to Korea JoongAng Daily, saying that a noise alerted the flight crew of the Boeing 737-800 to a potential problem near the craft’s left front door.

The issue prompted the pilot to inform passengers and crew that the craft would be returning to CEB. The plane arrived back at the gate at 2:10 a.m. local time, making its descent from an altitude of 10,000 feet, nearly a third of its usual horizontal flight path.

While none of the 163 passengers onboard were injured, the newspaper reported that some felt nauseous during the return flight to CEB.

The craft’s door was checked upon landing in Cebu and the carrier’s spokesperson stated that inspectors found no issues with the door itself and also confirmed that, “it shut properly when staff members made another attempt.”

Jin Air provided passengers with local accommodation for the night and the flight was able to depart for Busan at 3:50 p.m. the next day, almost 15 hours later than scheduled.

The carrier’s spokesperson also confirmed that, “Each passenger will be given a compensation of 100,000 won ($84.33).”

The airline confirmed that further investigation would be needed to ascertain the cause of the incident.

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Great White North January 6, 2016

"a third of its usual horizontal flight path." I think that should be vertical flight path. Horizontal flight path would mean the plane was 1/3 of the way to Korea.

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BJM January 4, 2016

*Aircraft picture for illustration purposes only. Actual aircraft indicated in article may differ