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).