Jammed lavatory door on NYC flight sparks anxiety

By CHRIS HAWLEY | November 17, 2011 | 1:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A jammed lock on an airline bathroom door caused anxious moments for the pilots aboard a flight from North Carolina to New York City.

The captain told air traffic controllers he accidentally got stuck on the LaGuardia Airport-bound Chatauqua Airlines flight from Asheville on Wednesday night.

A radio exchange reveals that a passenger with an unfamiliar accent tried to alert the co-pilot in the cockpit. The co-pilot became alarmed and notified air traffic controllers.

A controller told him to consider declaring an emergency.

A longer recording obtained by the New York Post shows the captain eventually freed himself from the lavatory. He told controllers there was no threat.

A spokesman for Republic Airlines, which runs Chatauqua, did not immediately comment on the misunderstanding.


Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com