Hydraulic Failure Causes Mexico City-Bound United Flight to Make Emergency Landing

by Anthony Losanno
United Diversion

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Another incident onboard a United Airlines flight caused the aircraft to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The flight was en route between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX) when it experienced a hydraulic failure.

This is the fifth recent issue involving United Airlines’ aircraft. Yesterday, I wrote about a United 737 MAX 8 having a landing gear issue that made it end up in the grass at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). I also covered a trio of other incidents including a Boeing 777-200 losing a tire, a stuck rudder pedals, and an engine fire.

This latest problem luckily made it safely onto the ground at LAX with all 105 passengers and five crew members deplaning safely.

All of these incidents are starting raise questions about maintenance and if United is cutting corners somewhere. None of the issues have been related and they have all been around different parts of the aircraft (and various plane types, but all Boeing).

Anthony’s Take: It has not been a good news week for United with multiple flights needing to divert and another rolling off of the runway. Hopefully, there is not a bigger issue at play here and this is all an unhappy coincidence.

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