Evacuation Slide Deploys At 38,000 Feet, Forces Emergency Landing

MichaelKolander by MichaelKolander on Jun. 30, 2014

When traveling by air, a deployed emergency slide is never a good sign. This is especially true if the slide in question inflates at an altitude of 38,000 feet, which is exactly what happened yesterday to United Airlines Flight 1463.

Someone forgot to put their phone in airplane mode!

The plane was carrying 96 passengers from Chicago to Orange County, CA, when multiple witnesses described hearing a loud popping sound. Soon after, the emergency slide inflated, causing panic among the passengers.

“The first thing that went through my mind is, if the chute opened and it probably popped out the door and we’d lose pressure immediately,” said passenger Diane Modini. Her concerns were shared by the crew.

“Eventually, the pilot made an announcement that the plane was OK, but ... he said he had to descend right away because there was ... a chance the raft could push the door open, so it was definitely a rush,” Modini said.

I'd still prefer this flight to Spirit Airlines.

Luckily for everyone involved, all of the passengers were seated at the time of the incident, and the crew was able to safely make an emergency landing. However, after surviving the ordeal, passengers received a fate worse than death when they were forced to spend the night in Wichita, KS. Sometimes the living envy the dead (Source).

35 comments
Edward Ford
Edward Ford

Excuse me, miss! Can I get a pillow?

h8isgr8
h8isgr8 User

Where's a muslim with a box cutter when you need one!

eldystar
eldystar User

They were heading to California or little mexico as the rest of the world calls it.  Witchita was probably a shocker for them to see so many white people.

Chris Peterson
Chris Peterson

You know what really sucks? No sharp objects allowed on planes any more. I can just see the pilot thinking. "Damn if only security hadn't confiscated my pencil I could just pop the damn thing."

justhefacts
justhefacts UserTop Commenter

Great, now the bathroom is blocked. 

Shawn Snyder
Shawn Snyder

I bet a few people deployed in their pants

Kenny Vadakin
Kenny Vadakin

Lost me as a follower. I hope all the Orange County hippies got stuck at the best western.

Tj Jonnson
Tj Jonnson

Holy cow, a bouncy castle ! How's about a roller coaster and a go cart track ?..Cool !........

Allie Kamenz
Allie Kamenz

Why didn't my fligth make the news haha! thanks Joel Tracksdorf

Bryan Zayas
Bryan Zayas

With the outside pressure pushing in on the door, there is no way that door would open from the pressure from the raft.

Michael Frovarp
Michael Frovarp

Whats wrong with wichata? I have been there seems fine to me

Christopher Ruegsegger
Christopher Ruegsegger

Flying at 30,000 feet is pretty standard. But it's amazing how things really change once you get up to that upper FL 300's.

AndrewST
AndrewST User

At least they know it works!

COHockey
COHockey User

"Popping out the door" is impossible.... they are designed as plugs, held in place by the tons of force provided by the pressurized air inside the cabin. That's why they swing inward. The slide would have a better chance of landing the plane than opening the door.

canyon750
canyon750 User

Ummm, the pressure is greater on the INSIDE of the plane at high altitude.  Thats why if a window broke in flight objects would be sucked out as the pressures try to equalize.  The only way the pressure on the outside would be greater and pushing in is if it was underwater!

LostKeys
LostKeys User

@COHockey Truth; but hey, would you expect your flight to just keep on going after something like that happened? Obviously SOMETHING went wrong. By something I mean that they had to cancel drink service and couldn't provide customers with the opportunity to purchase over-priced food and beverages. Much easier to land and let them purchase food and beverages on the next flight. 

On a more honest note, I'm pretty sure there are lots of sensors that say "emergency" when an emergency exit device is released. Given the recent situation with that Malaysian flight I'm not surprised they forced a landing. Sometimes random malfunctions are too unreliable, especially when "everything is alright". I'd bet there isn't a single person in the airline industry that would be comfortable letting the flight just continue, especially with an American airline. Something goes wrong and that's another huge blow to an apparently suffocating industry, despite the ridiculous "extra fees" they're banking on. 

it_will_be_alright
it_will_be_alright User

@muffcabbage  You get 1 per video, cabbage. We need 1 cabbage per video to absorb all of the other cabbage. That's you. 

mustangman6799
mustangman6799 User

@muffcabbage One of my buddies called me a "curly-top tar baby" the other day.  Thought you might like to use that sometime in the future.

mustangman6799
mustangman6799 User

@MichaelKolander  Nope.  Calling Diane Modini a woman.  Not exactly the same thing as a liar- more of an imbecile, really.