WICHITA, Kansas (Monday, June 30) - Reported by madn3wz
A California-bound United Airline's flight, carrying 101 people including 5 crew members, was diverted to Wichita in Sunday night after an evacuation slide inflated inside the cabin and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
|Emergency Slide Deployed Inside Cabin of United's Flight 1463|
According to details; Flight 1463 was on its way from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., but landed in Wichita about 10:30 p.m. after the deployment of plane’s emergency evacuation slide in the rear side of the cabin due to some unknown fault.
The Boeing 737-700 was carrying 96 passengers and five crew members. All passengers were seated at the time the slide deployed and no one injured in the incident, an airline statement read.
“No one was injured and the flight landed safely. We are flying in another aircraft to resume the flight and get our customers to their final destination as quickly as possible," the airline said in a statement.
One of the many eyewitnesses told that when he turned back, after hearing a hiss and pop, he saw the plane's evacuation slide - which would normally go outside the plane during an emergency - inflating inside the cabin.
The airline provided hotel accommodations for the passengers, and a new flight was arranged to transport the passengers on Monday morning.
United Airline's maintenance team will inspect the aircraft to determine why the slide was deployed.
New York Daily