Photos: United Airlines Makes Emergency Landing After Evacuation Slide Inflates Mid-Flight
A United Airlines flight en route from Chicago to Orange County had to make an emergency landing after the evacuation slide deployed mid-flight on Sunday.Passenger Mike Schroeder told KWCH-TV that he heard a hiss and pop before seeing the slide inflate inside the cabin. He also said that the flight attendants said they hadn't seen anything happen like that before.
Flight 1463, which came from O'Hare Airport and was supposed to land at John Wayne Airport, ended up getting diverted to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas around 10:30 p.m.
“Everyone was shocked. I didn’t hear it because I had headphones… it was kind of muffled, so I just heard kind of a loud sound," passenger Arsalan Ahmed told KTLA. But there were some people who were pretty frightened. We got down in like 20 minutes after it happened, so everything was fine."
Another passenger, Taylor Martinez, who also just happens to be a former University of Nebraska quarterback, tweeted, "Scariest Flight of all time."
United Airlines said in a statement that none of its 96 passengers and five crew members on the flight were hurt. The plane landed safely.
Sara Schroeder, who was on the flight, tweeted that United Airlines explained to the passengers that "accidents do happen."
We're sure that's helping everyone sleep better at night hearing that.