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Man faces jail for opening airplane door

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has launched an investigation after a foreigner opened an emergency exit on a Thai Smile airplane as it was preparing for take-off from Chiang Mai airport.

The man, whose name was not revealed, has been in police custody since Wednesday, when the bizarre incident happened.

It happened as the plane was preparing for take-off on a 3.40pm flight to Bangkok.

After passengers took their seats, a man jumped up and opened the emergency exit over the left wing, causing the inflatable slide to deploy, according to media reports.

The captain aborted the take-off as the man was dragged from the plane by security officials, resulting in a one-hour delay for the 86 passengers on board.

The suspect faces up to five years in prison if he is found guilty of acting with malicious intent, the source said.

His motive for the action remains unclear, the source added.

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