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United Airlines forced to land mid-flight when evacuation chute popped open

United Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Evacuation Slide Opens

United Airlines was forced to land mid-flight when an evacuation slide popped open.

According to several reports, Flight 1463 took off from Chicago and was bound for California Sunday night but made a pit stop in Kansas due to the the surprise safety test. Fortunately no one was hurt.

The plane was carrying five crew members and 96 passengers who didn't pass up the chance to use their mobile devices during the incident to snap a few photos.

Even former Nebraska quarterbackTaylor Martinez tweeted saying "scariest flight of all time."

One passenger described the event to KCTV, saying, "They just had a panicked look and they took the carts and ran backwards to the front of the plane and then we all turned around and the whole back cabinet part of the plane where they sat was full of the chute."

Another told CNN, "I heard this pop. I turn around and the slide was open," passenger Michael Schroeder said.

And another: "All of a sudden you saw their faces go like this and you heard a big bang and a hiss."

The airlines says it is still trying to determine what caused the mishap.

Slides are apparently a tricky piece of equipment.

Last November the same thing happened during a JetBlue flight - and even then-Senator Barack Obama experienced a similar malfunction during the 2008 presidential race.

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TommyD June 30 2014 at 9:55 AM

Who is writing for you? English 101 students? My goodness, it's embarrassing. At least it should be.

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Bernie TommyD June 30 2014 at 10:15 AM

more like English “-101”
I see they already corrected the missing ‘e’ .
“The plan was carrying five crew……”
but the first line still reads like the whole airline was forced to land……..

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Happypoolprune TommyD June 30 2014 at 11:39 AM

Oh heavens! It's probably someone who text in the article - Isn't that how it's done these days? All spelling and puncttuation is overlooked then! lol

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gmgpjandon June 30 2014 at 11:39 AM

Accidents don't just happen, their caused. No cure for stupid.

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mrgreenie1 gmgpjandon June 30 2014 at 6:38 PM

"their caused", surely you mean "they're caused".
The irony of you referring to others as stupid.

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roger702 June 30 2014 at 9:31 AM

ouch. was a passenger on a flight from hawaii to japan in the early 60'shalf way across, was in a military transport plane propeller driven, when smoke was seen
coming ffrom futherest engine on right side. eventually was extinguished. continued on our way with 3 engines. The remainder of trip not one sound from anyone. Absolutely frightening. when landed pilot came from cockpit everyone stood and cheered. phew roger

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roger roger702 June 30 2014 at 12:13 PM

same thing happened to me from Hawaii to SFO. White nuckles.

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dal June 30 2014 at 3:08 PM

The plane was heard to say .... Really this has never happen to me before!

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brachm5 June 30 2014 at 11:19 AM

People just aren't working like they used to, back in the day when having a job meant something.

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donkingbox June 30 2014 at 10:23 AM

Another well written, punctuated, descriptive article by AOL. NOT. Who writes these articles? My 8 year old could do much better with his #2 pencil and lined paper... I learn more from the headline than the anything written afterwards..Arg!

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Brian Workman June 30 2014 at 3:31 PM

It was a terrorist trying to kill Senator Barack Obama !?

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ectullis June 30 2014 at 5:17 PM

737 a good plane but should be maintained properly

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IN MY OPINION ONLY June 30 2014 at 4:44 PM

It's just a preparation practice thing on a 737 towards the Air Force One 747 with Obama on board as next?

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patriot1too June 30 2014 at 4:29 PM

Was this another case of outsourced aircraft maintenance?? Most people dont know that so much aircraft repair is outsourced to the lowest bidder. Much of it goes to third world countrys in South America or to Mexico or communist china. These repair stations do not have the oversight that has to be done in America. Non licenced, non english reading , speaking etc.

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