An emergency door of Sriwijaya Air flight number SJ 039 broke off as passengers were boarding at Raja Haji Fisabilillah airport in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, on Tuesday.
The aircraft, scheduled to depart for Soekarno-Hatta airport, Jakarta, at 7 a.m. local time, had to delay take off until the damaged door was replaced.
'Shortly after I took my seat, an emergency exit door in the right side of the aircraft suddenly detached and the emergency chute also opened,' one of the passengers told Antara news agency.
Tanjungpinang-branch Sriwijaya Air manager Gusmansyah said the aircraft was actually in good condition.
"If the emergency equipment does not function, an aircraft is not allowed to fly,' said Gusmansyah. ( fan/ebf )