posted at 05:50
Author Name: Pamela Engel
An Emergency Evacuation Slide Deployed In Mid-Air On A United Airlines Flight
A United Airlines flight from Chicago to California was forced into an emergency landing after an evacuation slide deployed mid-flight Sunday night, ABC News reports. The plane landed safely in Wichita, Kansas, but the accident still terrified passengers. There were 96 passengers and five crew members on the flight. Passenger Mike Schroeder told The Wichita Eagle that he heard a loud pop and hissing noise before he saw the slide expand. "I turned around to the back and that slide that would normally go outside the plane so you can slide down in an emergency had for some odd reason deployed inside the plane while we were flying." he said. Aviation consultant John Nance told ABC News that it is "Very, very rare ... to have an emergency slide deploy inside the airplane, especially if it was spontaneous." The cause of the accidental slide deployment is unclear. The passengers who were on the plane were put on another flight out of Wichita on Monday morning.

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