Airplane Emergency Slide Inflates In Flight

by Greg Pollowitz

A United Airlines plane heading to Los Angeles from Chicago was diverted to Wichita, Kan. after an emergency slide inflated in the aircraft during the flight.

United Airlines flight 1463 landed at Mid-Continent Airport just after 10:30 p.m. local time on Sunday.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told CBS Wichita affiliate KWCH-TV an emergency evacuation slide “inadvertently deployed” in mid-flight.

Initial reports that a passenger tried to open a door during the flight were false. The FAA spokesman said it is “impossible to open a door at that altitude.”

According to, the plane was flying at 38,000 ft. at 10:05 p.m and dropped to 11,000 ft. in 12 minutes due to a loss in cabin pressure.

United Airlines released a statement saying 96 passengers and five crew members were on board the Boeing 737-700. All passengers were seated at the time the slide deployed and no one was hurt, the carrier says. . .