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(WICHITA, Kan.) — A United Airlines flight from Chicago to California was diverted to Wichita, Kan. Sunday after the plane’s emergency evacuation slide accidentally deployed, an airline spokesperson told ABC News.

United Airlines Flight 1463 was carrying 96 passengers and five crew members on board. All passengers were seated at the time the slide deployed, an airline spokesperson said.

“No one was injured and the flight landed safely,” the airline said in a statement.

The airline is providing hotel accommodations for the passengers, and a new flight will depart Wichita Monday morning.

A maintenance team is inspecting the aircraft to determine why the slide deployed.

This is not the first time a flight was diverted after a slide deployed. A JetBlue plane was diverted in November 2013 after an evacuation slide was activated. A similar situation also occurred on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s plane during the 2008 presidential race.

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