Delta Air Lines encountered a scare on Friday as an emergency slide detached from one of its jetliners shortly after takeoff from New York's JFK Airport.

The incident prompted pilots to swiftly maneuver the Boeing 767 aircraft back to the airport, where it landed safely.

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Delta Flight Circles Back

Following takeoff, pilots received an alert regarding the emergency slide on the plane's right side, coupled with an unusual sound emanating from that area of the aircraft, manufactured in 1990. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the crew reported experiencing a vibration during the flight.

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Responding to the situation, the pilots declared an emergency to expedite the return to JFK Airport. Fortunately, the plane managed to land and taxi to a gate under its own power. Among the occupants were 176 passengers, along with two pilots and five flight attendants, all bound for Los Angeles. Delta promptly arranged for the passengers to board another flight to their intended destination.

Delta Air Lines emphasized its commitment to safety, noting that the aircraft in question was taken out of service for evaluation. The airline assured cooperation with investigators and pledged support to locate the detached emergency slide.

The Airline Makes A Statement

“As nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people, Delta flight crews enacted their extensive training and followed procedures to return to JFK,” the airline said in a statement.

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