According to the Associated Press, the emergency chute on United flight 1463 inflated mid-air on its way to Santa Ana, California from Chicago, which resulted in the plane's diversion to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas.
Mike Schroeder, a frequent flier and passenger aboard the plane — which was carrying 96 passengers, and five cabin crew — reported hearing "a hiss and a pop" before he "saw the slide starting to expand". A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the slide "inadvertently deployed" mid-flight.
The slide's reported to have said, "I swear, this has never happened before"!
The aircraft subsequently touched down in Kansas shortly after 10:30pm, where it underwent a maintenance investigation. “No one was injured and the flight landed safely,” United Airlines said in a statement. Passengers, who were all seated when the slide inflated, were reportedly evacuated from the plane an hour after landing.