Emergency Exit door opens at 27,000ft on Emirates Airbus A380

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A tourist has told of his flight of terror when he claims an emergency exit on a superjumbo blew open at 27,000ft.

emiratesa380-emergencydoorAccording to the news at, Briton David Reid and his son feared a bomb had gone off after hearing a "massive explosion" two hours into their flight on the brand new $376 million Emirates Airbus A380.

The drama happened on Monday as the two Britons flew from Bangkok to Hong Kong as part of what was planned as a "trip of a lifetime".

“Freezing air blasted in and the cabin pressure plunged after the door in business class came nearly four centimeters ajar, leaving a gaping hole. The stewardess jumped up and stared at the door. Her face was drained white. She ran up the aisle, grabbed the intercom and started screaming, 'The door’s going to go, the door’s going to go!' Then she hid under her chair. Other passengers were crying and saying 'We’re going to go down, we’re going to go down.' It was complete panic. The emergency door was ajar and leaving a gaping hole. You could see straight out into the atmosphere, 27,000ft up.”

Mr Reid, who has a private pilot's licence, said that after several moments of confusion, the cabin crew started grabbing blankets and pillows which they stuck together with duct tape to fill the gap.

"This is a state-of-the-art plane but they were using the most crude method you could imagine to try and plug the hole," he said.

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