United Airlines Boeing 737-800 Loses Maintenance Panel Midflight

by Anthony Losanno
United 737 Missing Panel

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Another day, another United Airlines flight with a maintenance issue midflight. The Chicago-based carrier has had at least six recent mechanical issues with several causing diversions (more here). Yesterday, a Boeing 737-800 lost a maintenance panel while flying between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR).

United Airlines Flight UA433 departed and arrived on time. The missing maintenance panel was not discovered until the aircraft landed. After the plane reached the gate, operations at the airport were halted while the missing panel was searched for (but not found) on the runway. All 139 passengers and six crew members arrived safely.

According to Axios, “[United will] conduct a thorough examination of the plane and perform all the needed repairs before it returns to service [and] conduct an investigation to better understand how this damage occurred.”

Anthony’s Take: There have been at least five different incidents involving United aircraft this week. Thankfully, there were no injuries or fatalities in any of them, but the frequency is certainly troubling.

(Featured Image Credit: Rogue Valley Times.)

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