Another United Flight Forced to Divert Over Mechanical Issue in Sydney

by Anthony Losanno
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United Airlines has been making lots of news lately and most of it has been unsettling. Last week, the Chicago-based carrier suffered a hydraulic failure on a flight to Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX), had an aircraft go off the runway into the grass at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and have three other separate issues with stuck rudder pedals, a falling tire at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and an engine flameout. Now, a flight departing Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) was forced to return shortly after takeoff due to the main landing gear doors open.

United flight UA830 departed Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) a few moments early today, but was forced to return after the main landing gear doors were open on the Boeing 777-300. Firefighters met the plane on arrival and all 167 passengers were able to deplane safely. Travelers were provided with overnight accommodations and will be sent to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) tomorrow.

One incident is not good. Two makes you shake your head. We’re now at six recent maintenance issues that have caused flights to divert, cancel, or need maintenance handling. As I wrote about around the hydraulic failure, it’s starting to make me wonder if something is going on with United’s maintenance. Thankfully, all of these incidents have ended without injury or death, but there should not be a new headline every day revolving around United and issues with its aircraft.

Anthony’s Take: United needs to address these issues with the press and general public. It seems too coincidental that these just happened around the same time and focused on different issues with various aircraft types. Hopefully, this is all just bad luck and bad timing. We’ll have to wait and see what United says in response to all of the press it’s getting.

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SMR March 11, 2024 - 4:09 pm

None of this except maybe the runway and tire are news. Media garbage. Nothing else to write about ? Everyone is safe. Chillax. These things happen all the time , usually without articles to try and scare the public for no reason.

CCC March 13, 2024 - 9:06 am



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