Delta Air Lines flight from New York JFK to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City on Saturday. And then, once on the ground, the plane’s emergency slide deployed — inside the aircraft. Passengers heard an explosion, and screams from a flight attendant.
The 7 a.m. Boeing departure was on the ground in Salt Lake long enough for passengers to deplane. By 1 p.m. local time maintenance issues were addressed, passengers were re-boarded, and they were ready to get on their way.
That’s when a slide at the back of the aircraft was deployed accidentally at the gate, hitting a member of the cabin crew in the head. The flight attendant was hospitalized. Reportedly caterers deployed the slide, and the flight attendant was determined to be ok and discharged.
According to Delta Air Lines,
Delta flight 520, operating from New York-JFK to Los Angeles diverted to Salt Lake City due to a maintenance issue.
While on the ground, the same aircraft’s slide was deployed by accident. In an effort to get our customers to their final destination as quickly and safely as possible, they have been re-accommodated on a new aircraft. We apologize for the delay to their traveling plans. Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people.
— dan m↺reno (@danmorenooo) June 10, 2023
Passengers were offered 7,500 SkyMiles as an apology for the issue.