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June 30th, 2014
05:33 AM ET

Evacuation Slide Deploys Midair on United Flight

A United Airlines flight was forced to land in Wichita, Kansas, after the evacuation slide accidentally deployed midair Sunday, the airline said.

The Boeing 737 was carrying 96 passengers and five crew members. It was on its way from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

"I heard this pop. I turn around and the slide was open," passenger Michael Schroeder said.

There were no injuries, United spokeswoman Christen David said.

"All passengers were seated at the time the slide deployed. A passenger did not attempt to open the door in flight," David said.

Schroeder said the plane didn't appear to lose cabin presser and "the crew was pretty calm about it."

"Every landing you walk away from is a good one," he added.

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April 28th, 2014
03:58 AM ET

'Houses Are Just a Pile of Brick'

A brutal band of severe weather battered the central Plains and mid-South late Sunday, killing at least 12 people in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma.

Some of the worst damage was north of Little Rock, Arkansas, where reported tornadoes devastated the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia.

"It's chaos here," said Vilonia Mayor James Firestone. "Our downtown area seems like it's completely leveled."

The nightmare is all too familiar for the community of about 3,800 people. Another storm ransacked the town almost three years ago to the day and followed essentially the same path, the mayor said.

"There's a few buildings partially standing, but the amount of damage is tremendous," Firestone said Sunday. "There's gas lines spewing. Of course, power lines down. Houses are just a pile of brick."

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