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Plane's Emergency Slide Opens Inflight

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(WLNS) - Roughly 100 people are stuck in Kansas this morning after their United flight is forced to make an emergency landing.

The plane was going from Chicago O'Hare airport to Orange County California.

It was a mid-air surprise.

"You heard a big bang - and a hiss," recalled one passenger.

An emergency slide accidently opened up during this United Airlines flight from Chicago to California.

Another passenger described the scene."We all turned around and the whole back cabinet where they sat was full of the chute."

The pilot calmly described the situation to the control tower in Kansas. "Wichita…"o everything's fine just the door light. We're trying to get to the ground, have somebody look at it. But everybody's fine."

The Boeing 737 was diverted to Wichita, Kansas Sunday night.

United says all 96 passengers were seated at the time of the incident.

The airline confirms a maintenance crew is looking into why the slide opened in the first place.

There were initial reports that a passenger had tried to open a plane door. Officials say that is not true and a spokesman with the federal aviation administration says it is impossible to at that altitude.

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