June 14, 2014 12:05 am

Tense moments on Harbour Air flight as door pops open mid-flight

The passengers are all smiles at the end.

Steve Sxwithultxw

VANCOUVER – Passengers on board a Harbour Air flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo Friday morning had a shock when the cabin door popped open mid-flight.

The flight took off from Vancouver at 9:15 a.m. and one passenger, Victoria resident Steve Sxwithul’txw, told Global News they hit some turbulence about 10 minutes into the flight and that is when the door unlatched.

It was flapping in the wind and one passenger, a mom holding her baby, reached over and tried to hold the door closed.

When she got tired another passenger took over until they landed.

Bill Yearwood from the Transportation Safety Board said the door unlatched, which does happen occasionally on light aircraft.

He said the design of the door is made to keep it closed, as the air flow outside the plane keeps it closed.

Eric Scott from Harbour Air said the plane landed safely and that is when the passengers alerted the pilot.

He said there was no danger to the passengers at any time and the plane is now being checked to determine if this was a mechanical issue or human error.



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