Slide inflates inside United flight; plane makes emergency landing
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE June 30, 2014 7:12AM
This Sunday, June 29, 2014 photo provided by Michael Schroeder shows an emergency chute after it inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to California, filling part of the cabin and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas. United Airlines officials said in a statement Monday, June 30, that no one aboard Flight 1463 was injured. (AP Photo/Michael Schroeder) ORG XMIT: CST1406300903484895
Updated: June 30, 2014 8:21AM
A United Airlines plane enroute to Orange County, Calif. from O’Hare made an emergency landing in Kansas after a slide deployed during the flight, the airline said.
The Boeing 737-700 plane with 96 passengers and 5 crew members onboard took off from Chicago at 8:18 p.m. before being diverted to Wichita, Kans., when the emergency evacuation slide accidentally deployed, according to a statement from United Airlines.
No one was hurt and the flight landed safely at 10:36 p.m., according to the statement.
According to the statement, all passengers were seated when the door was deployed. Other outlets reported a passenger attempted to open the door during the flight.
The airline is flying in another aircraft to resume the flight Monday morning, according to the statement, and passengers were provided with hotel accommodations during the delay.
United’s maintenance team will inspect the aircraft to determine what happened, according to the statement.
Passenger Mike Schroeder says he heard a hiss and pop, turned around and saw the plane’s emergency evacuation slide inflating inside the plane.
Schroeder says the pilot announced to passengers that they would be landing at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. He says passengers remained calm and took pictures of the inflated slide with their phones.
Schroeder says that after landing the pilot looked at the slide and said he had never seen that happen before.
Contributing: Associated Press