Anne Stokes was trying to catch up on some much-needed sleep aboard United Airlines’ Flight 1463 from Chicago to Orange County, Calif., late Sunday when she was awakened by a loud popping noise.
“I thought somebody had left the door open and flushed the toilet,” said Stokes, who lives in Fullerton, Calif. “The flight attendant was doing drink service, and she was right about to get to our row. She looked back, and all I saw was her face. Just sheer terror on her face.”
An emergency evacuation slide had inflated in-flight near the rear of the plane, forcing it to divert and land in Wichita at 10:31 p.m. No injuries were reported.