Man tries to exit Sacramento-bound flight mid-air

Apr 14, 2014 10:23 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —The pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after passengers said a man tried to open the exit door.

It was quite a scare for the nearly 200 passengers aboard Flight 722 from Chicago, which was Sacramento-bound but had to land in Omaha, Nebraska.

Witnesses said it started with yelling coming from the rear of the plane.

“All of a sudden, we heard a woman scream way in the back. We saw the stewardess rush to the back and it was all sorts of commotion,” said passenger Andre Lescari.

“Fear immediately sets in," said Natalie Lee, another passenger. "We had people nauseated, practically fainting, crying.”

Passengers told KCRA 3 the man wanted to jump out of the plane.

Hearing the commotion, a group of male passengers immediately headed toward the back of the plane.

“You got this bad feeling that wasn’t going right, especially when a bunch of big guys got up and immediately jumped into the aisle and ran to the back of the plane,” said passenger Lori Depalma.

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