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United Flight Diverted After Evacuation Slide Opens Mid-Flight

An emergency landing slide deployed mid-flight onboard a Boeing 737-700 United Airlines flight from Chicago to California.
Source: Taylor Martinez | Twitter
An emergency landing slide deployed mid-flight onboard a Boeing 737-700 United Airlines flight from Chicago to California.

An evacuation slide accidentally inflated mid-flight on a United Airlines jet bound to California Sunday night, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Kansas. After landing, passenger Sara Schroeder tweeted: "Gentlemen in shiny metallic suits checking out the @united plane." Nobody was injured, the airline said.

Flight 1463 made a rapid descent, according to Flight Aware website, and landed in Wichita at 10:36 p.m. local time (11:36 p.m. ET). The Boeing 737-700 with 96 aboard took off from Chicago at 8:18 p.m. (9:18 p.m. ET), according to airline spokeswoman Christen David. She added that the airline was flying in another aircraft to resume the flight "and get our customers to their final destination as quickly as possible."

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