Woman attempts to open aircraft door mid-flight on LGA-bound Delta flight

David Caplan
May 10, 2019 - 6:38 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Passengers on a LaGuardia-bound Delta Airlines flight Friday got the scare of their lives when a 20-year-old female passenger attempted to open the aircraft's front door mid-flight.

"Young woman just tried to jump out of our plane. Couldn’t get door open, of course," tweeted passenger Stacy Herbert, who posted photos of emergency vehicles surrounding the plane. (The aircraft door is designed not to open in mid-flight and the negative pressure will not allow it to open.) 

A subsequent read, "A young woman in perhaps her early twenties became suicidal and tried to open the door of plane as we descended into LGA. Her father pulled her from door. She was screaming her head off that she needed to open the door and die."

The woman was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital for evaluation. 

Delta flight 5935, operated by Republic Airways, originated in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Despite the horrifying incident, Herbert wrote, "I wasn’t scared as I knew the door could not be opened but her shrieks were terrifying. And she was sitting behind us so when she was pulled back to her seat it was awful to see her suicidal distress."

A Republic Airways spokesperson did not confirm the specifics of the incident, but said in a statement, "We're aware of the social media report related to the flight and are looking into it, but what I can tell you now is that the flight landed uneventfully and proceeded to its gate." 

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