After 90 minutes in the air, a passenger plane was forced to turn back around when the cabin crew realized that the front door of the plane had not been properly closed.
The Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air flight from Guangzhou to the island of Bali in Indonesia was carrying 180 passengers when it took off at 3 a.m. earlier today, but when the plane suddenly began turning around midway through the flight, some of the passengers began demanding an explanation.
An airline official told reporters that while indicators in the cockpit showed that the door had been properly closed, that was in fact not the case.
After spending 30 minutes back at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, the passengers were asked to re-board the plane. Over 20 passengers reasonably decided not to do so. They are currently negotiating with the airline over ticket refunds.
Despite the fact that Sriwijaya Air is listed by Indonesia’s Civil Aviation Authority as a Category 1 airline, the country’s highest operational safety status, in 2015, Airline Ratings gave Sriwijaya a one out of seven stars rating for safety. The next year, the airline’s rating was upgraded to two stars.
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