United Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Evacuation Slide Deploys Inside Plane

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas Sunday night after the landing slide suddenly deployed inside the cabin.

Flight 1463 from Chicago O’Hare International Airport was headed to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. The Boeing 737 made an emergency landing in Wachita at about 10:30 p.m.

“No one was injured and the flight landed safely,” United said in a statement. “We are flying in another aircraft to resume the flight and get our customers to their final destination as quickly as possible.”

The passengers were reportedly seated when the slide inflated at the rear of the plane.

"All of sudden you saw the faces go like this," passenger Diane Mondini told KWCH-TV. "You heard a big bang and a hiss. And they just had a panicked look."

"We've been flying for years [and] I've never seen this before," said passenger Mike Schroeder.

Hotel accommodations were provided for passengers, and their flights were rescheduled Monday morning.

One passenger was annoyed with the airline’s lackluster explanation for the incident: “Accidents do happen.”

Sources: New York Daily News, KWCH-TV