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(PORTLAND, Ore.) — An Arizona man is under arrest in Portland, Ore., after allegedly trying to open an emergency exit door onboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland Monday morning.

The plane, Alaska Airlines flight 132, was about 10 minutes away from landing in Portland when the man, whose name has not been released, tried to open the emergency row door, according to the airline.

The emergency door is equipped with a lock preventing anyone from opening it during the flight, but it still caused a scare.

“I awoke to a loud hissing noise and then lots of screaming,” recounted Ryan Oelrich, a passenger on flight 132. “My first thought was that the plane must be going down.”

Luckily, flight crew and nearby passengers were able to wrestle the man away from the door.

“They jumped on him, they took him down, they held him down until the flight attendants could get there with restraints and those passengers continued to help them restrain this individual who was just uh, you know, wanting to get out mid-flight,” Oelrich said.

According to a statement from the airline, the man sat calmly in his seat for the rest of the flight once he was restrained. The man was arrested when the plane landed at 5:23 a.m.

There were 137 people onboard the plane.

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