After a mechanical issue forced a Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300 to divert to Salt Lake City, the emergency exit slide was inadvertently deployed inside the cabin, striking a flight attendant like an airbag.
After Delta Air Lines 767-300 Diversion, Emergency Slide Opens Inside Passenger Cabin
Delta 520 took off from New York (JFK) bound for Los Angeles (LAX) at 7:00 am on Saturday, June 10, 2023. The flight was operated by a 767-300 jet (registration N189DN). More than halfway through the flight, technical difficulties (a faulty temperature instrument) forced a diversion to Salt Lake City (SLC), where Delta operates a hub.
The problem was quickly addressed and the flight was about to take of again, when a caterer inadvertently deployed the emergency slide. Harrowingly, it deployed inside the aircraft, forcefully striking a flight attendant like a strong airbag. The flight attendant was hospitalized (but later released).
Passengers claim they heard an explosion followed by screams from a flight attendant, prompting panic onboard.
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That took the aircraft out of service: passengers were accommodated to their final destinations on other flights while LA-bound passengers ultimately continued DL520 on a Boeing 737-800.
Delta released a very general statement on the incident:
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.
View From The Wing notes that passengers were only offered 7,500 SkyMiles in compensation for the issue…
A Delta 767 emergency slide opened inside the cabin, injuring a flight attendant and causing panic onboard. It appears that ground staff (caterers) were responsible for this. I’ve seen a lot of accidental slide deployments over the years, but never one inside the aircraft.
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