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UPDATE: Plane lands in Wichita after slide deploys mid-flight

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WICHITA, Kan. — A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Wichita after an inflatable slide deployed in the cabin mid-flight.

United Airlines flight 1463 was bound from Chicago O'Hare Airport to John Wayne Airport near Los Angeles, with 101 people on board.
Airport public safety personnel say a slide deployed within the cabin, but the plane never lost cabin pressure

The flight was diverted to Wichita, and landed safely at the airport at 10:31 p.m. with no injuries reported.

While the pilot announced the jet was OK, passenger Susan Finkbeiner told KAKE News the crew was concerned.

"He had to descend right away," Finkbeiner quoted the pilot as telling her, "because there was a concern that the ramp might push the door open."

United Airlines released this statement about what happened: "The flight diverted to Wichita, Kansas, after the emergency evacuation slide accidentally deployed. 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.”

Passengers are being offered hotel rooms in Wichita for the night. United confirms a separate flight will take them to southern California Monday morning.

A similar incident occurred inside a plane carrying then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008. But that case involved an MD-80, not a Boeing jet.

The passengers aboard the jet included former Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, as well as a member of the U.S. national volleyball team.


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