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Wakefield man recounts moment door flew off plane during takeoff

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Photo Courtesy of Tom Yon

IRONWOOD, MI -- A Wakefield, Michigan man plans to take his concerns to the Gogebic County Board after he says an emergency exit door ripped off a plane just moments before his flight from Minneapolis to Ironwood, MI was about to take off Wednesday.

Tom Yon said he was seated just feet from the door on what he described as a small, 8-person plane flown by Boutique Airlines, a private aircraft company.

"We were just about to take off, probably going I don't know 100 miles per hour and the door just flew off. There was a loud bang and the door flew off and the noise and the wind and everything," Yon said.

Yon said his carry-on bag was sucked out of the opening, and it was returned to him about an hour later.

He said he was thankful because it could have been much worse.

"It was scary. It was scary. If there would have been a person sitting on the plane with a baby on their lap, I don't know what would have happened," Yon said.

Yon added no one appeared to be hurt.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission confirmed the incident happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

They say the plane never actually left the ground after the door came off.

It returned to the gate, and the door was found nearby.

The Commission spokesperson referred us to Boutique Airlines for more details.

KBJR 6 reached out to Boutique Airlines, but we have not heard back.

Yon said he plans to take his concerns to the Gogebic County Board during a public meeting Monday morning.

By the way, Yon and several other passengers on that flight ending up taking a ride-share back to Ironwood, which was a $400 trip.

Briggs LeSavage

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