A flight from Manchester was delayed for almost eight hours when a confused passenger opened an emergency exit after mistaking it for the toilet door.
The Pakistan International Airways (PIA) flight to Islamabad was almost ready for takeoff when the woman grasped for the wrong door, launching the emergency evacuation slide.
The passenger reportedly told airline staff she thought the door was for the toilet. The airline and Manchester airport confirmed the details of the incident.
The flight carrying nearly 400 passengers eventually left Manchester at 5am on Saturday. It arrived in Islamabad seven hours late having made up some time during the journey. Several other departures from Manchester were also delayed as a result of the disruption.
Officials in Pakistan blamed a shortage of airline staff for allowing the emergency exit door to be opened, according to the English-language newspaper Express Tribune.
A PIA spokesman said: “All passengers were provided dinner. The offloaded passengers were provided with transportation and hotel accommodation and will be adjusted on the next available flight. PIA regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers due to this incident.”