SURPRISE MOVE: Flight delayed for five hours after man ignores crew's plea to sit
MIRI: AN AirAsia flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was delayed for five hours after a passenger jumped out of the aircraft while it was taxiing at the Miri Airport.
In the 7.30pm incident on Friday, the 24-year-old passenger was said to have earlier caused a commotion when he was asked by the flight crew to take his seat while the aircraft was taxiing.
A passenger, who wished to be known as Ragavan, 27, said the man suddenly stood up and headed straight to the emergency exit of the Airbus A320 aircraft.
"The flight crew were caught by surprise when he did that.
"They tried to persuade the man to sit down, but he just walked off the plane," said Ragavan.
The man who jumped out of the aircraft was injured as a result of the fall.
The man had earlier been with his girlfriend.
His motive was unclear.
He was admitted to Miri Hospital for treatment to his injuries.
Miri Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Mun Kock Keong confirmed the incident, adding that the man was in a stable condition and they were investigating the cause of the incident.