United Airlines flight diverted to Wichita

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The plane was a Boeing 737. All passengers were seated at the time the slide deployed and no one was hurt. However, considering what some of them posted on Twitter, they were scarred at the time when the event occurred. Initial reports that a passenger tried to open a door during the flight were false. The airline was providing hotel accommodations for the passengers in Wichita. “We are flying in another aircraft to resume the flight and get our customers to their final destination as quickly as possible,” United Airlines said in a statement released overnight. The crew said they never experienced a similar incident. Sometimes similar incidents occurred. A JetBlue plane was diverted in November 2013 after an evacuation slide was activated and a similar situation occurred on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s plane during the 2008 presidential race. Aviation consultant John Nance, a retired commercial pilot, called the situation “unusual” speaking for the media. The incident is being investigated by a maintenance team.

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