Talk about a surprise moment.
A Delta Air Lines flight from JFK to Los Angeles on Saturday made an unscheduled landing in Utah due to a technical issue that accidentally deployed an airslide on board the plane as it landed on the ground.
The crew was taken to hospital after being unexpectedly hit by an “exploding” airslide.
A B767-300 carrying 168 passengers en route to LAX from JFK Airport announced that the plane’s pilot had to land in Salt Lake City due to technical problems.
According to the captain, a backup system thermometer was attached to the fritz necessary for icing conditions.
The flight, which left New York just after 7 a.m., landed without incident and passengers were asked to disembark.
After the delay, the thermometer was fixed and the plane appeared ready to take off again around 1:00 PM Utah time.
That’s when things literally took a shocking turn.
After the passengers re-boarded the plane and were ready to depart, an inflatable slide in the rear of the plane, still at the gate, accidentally deployed inside the plane, hitting a Delta flight attendant who was taken to hospital. said an official. director.
One passenger described the slide as “exploding” on board, while another said the crew had activated the rear door and when the airslide accidentally deployed, the panel was pushed out of the door, prompting the crew to describe it as “like an airbag.” to “hit.” car’s.
The slide hit an unnamed crew member’s head, and the plane’s catering crew somehow accidentally deployed the slide, according to people familiar with the matter.
Passengers were seen exiting the plane shivering and annoyed.
In the end, they booked a second flight that was scheduled to leave Utah for Los Angeles at 4:00 p.m. mountain time.
No word on the condition of the crew.
“Delta Air Lines Flight 520 from New York-JFK to Los Angeles has been diverted to Salt Lake City due to maintenance issues,” a Delta spokeswoman said in a statement when asked for comment.
The spokesperson added, “While on the ground, the slide of the same aircraft happened to unfold. In order to get you to your final destination as quickly and safely as possible, you will be reboarded in a new aircraft. We apologize for the delay in their travel plans.Nothing is more important than the safety of our guests and people.”
Passengers were awarded 7,500 miles by the airline for the inconvenience.