Flight delay as man jumps off moving plane

MIRI, Malaysia - A man jumped out of a moving aircraft while it was about to take off.

Air Asia flight AK 5187 from Miri to Kuala Lumpur was scheduled to take off at 7.40pm yesterday.

However, it was delayed for over an hour as a result of the runway drama.

A witness said that as the plane was about to take off, the man suddenly opened the emergency doors and leapt out.

"The raft automatically opened. Other passengers started screaming. The plane was brought to a halt," said flight passenger Siva Nathiran.

AirAsia's regional head of flight operations Captain Datuk Fareh Ishraf Mazputra said the aircraft had just started taxing when a passenger ran and opened the door.

"There were no injuries and the passenger was arrested," he said.

The man was then taken to Miri hospital. Sources said the man, believed to be aged 24, did not suffer any injuries as a result of the fall.

Miri police chief Asst Comm Mun Kock Keong said police were in the midst of piecing together the details of the incident.

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