SEOUL - Prominent South Korean airline, Asiana Airlines, has made a significant change in its policy following a recent incident that caused panic among passengers.
As part of the fresh guidelines, the carrier has announced that it will no longer sell the emergency exit seats, specifically seats 31A and 26A, on its fleet of 14 A321-200 jets.
Interestingly, this safety precautionary measure applies even if the flights are fully booked, highlighting the airline's commitment to passenger safety.
In the incident that happened recently, a passenger on an A321-200 plane opened an emergency exit door midair, minutes before landing, triggering a series of safety concerns.
The event occurred as the aircraft was preparing to land at Daegu International Airport, located approximately 240 kilometers southeast of Seoul. Fortunately, the plane landed safely, and while some passengers required hospitalization, there were no reports of serious injuries or significant damage.
An Asiana spokesperson confirmed that the plane was two or three minutes from landing when a male passenger sitting close to an emergency door opened a cover and pulled a lever on flight OZ8124r, opening the door about 200 meters (656 ft) above the ground.
In response to the incident, Asiana Airlines has now announced a fresh policy though it remains uncertain how this action will prevent passengers seated elsewhere on the aircraft from attempting to open the emergency doors.
The individual responsible for the incident, a man in his 30s, was apprehended by authorities in Daegu and is facing potential legal consequences for violating aviation security laws. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years of imprisonment.
According to reports from South Korea's Yonhap news agency, the accused claimed that he opened the door due to feeling suffocated and wanting to exit the aircraft quickly, citing personal stress after recently losing his job.
Video footage circulating on social media captured the chaotic moment when the emergency door was opened mid-flight, causing a rush of air into the cabin. The incident has raised questions about how the individual managed to open the emergency exit door during the flight, and investigations have been launched.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 29, 2023 (Friday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||353.3||357|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||37.93||38.28|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.58||176.58|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.
The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Karachi||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Islamabad||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Peshawar||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Quetta||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Sialkot||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Attock||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Gujranwala||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Jehlum||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Multan||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Gujrat||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Nawabshah||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Chakwal||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Hyderabad||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Nowshehra||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Sargodha||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Faisalabad||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|
|Mirpur||PKR 205,600||PKR 2,450|