A United Airlines flight headed to Orange County on Sunday night was diverted after an emergency evacuation slide accidentally deployed inside the plane’s cabin mid-flight, according to spokeswoman for the airliner.
About 100 passengers and crew members were on board the Boeing 737-700 when the incident occurred, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Wichita, Kan., United Airlines spokeswoman Christen David told KTLA in an emailed statement.
The flight, which originated from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, was headed to John Wayne Airport.
One passenger said she when she saw the slide, she thought the door to the plane had opened up.
“The first thing that went through my mind is the chute opened and it probably popped out the door, which meant that we’d probably lose pressure immediately,” Diane Modini said. “But luckily that didn’t happen.”
Another passengers described the scene after the slide deployed.
“Everyone was shocked. I didn’t hear it because I had headphones… it was kind of muffled, so I just heard kind of a loud sound. But there were some people who were pretty frightened,” said Arsalan Ahmed, who was on the affected flight. “We got down in like 20 minutes after it happened, so everything was fine.”
All passengers on board the initial flight were provided hotel accommodations for the night and were placed on flights headed to Southern California on Monday morning, according to David.
The first group of passengers from the diverted flight arrived at around 7:30 a.m., while the second plane was expected to land at John Wayne Airport at noon.
No injuries have been reported.
A maintenance team would inspect the plane to figure out why the slide deployed.
KTLA’s Justin Burton contributed to this report.