United Flight Diverts After Passengers Discover Damaged Wing While In Flight

by Anthony Losanno
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United Airlines flight UA354 was traveling from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) yesterday when passengers made a concerning discovery. Damage to the slats on the right wing was brought to the attention of one of the pilots and they made the decision to divert to Denver International Airport (DEN).

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The flight had reached its cruising altitude of 31,000 feet when the decision to divert was made. According to Gary at View from the Wing, “slats are adjustable panels situated on the wing’s leading edge, crucial for controlling the aircraft’s lift during takeoff and landing phases.”

The damage was significant enough to cause the pilot to make the call and thankfully, all 165 people onboard made it safely to Denver.

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A replacement Boeing 757-200 took the passengers the rest of the way to San Francisco and they arrived around 3.5 hours late.

Anthony’s Take: It’s good that passengers noted the damage and were able to alert a pilot to what they saw. Thankfully, all were brought safely to Denver and were able to continue on their way that night.

(Featured Image Credit: @ksullivannews via X.)

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1 comment

Malc Weir February 20, 2024 - 11:39 pm

Your time images seem wrong. Quite how a flight can spend 9h08 flying SFO to DEN is a mystery, and indeed per flightaware it landed at 5:28p,a far more sensible 2h41. The replacement/continuation left at 8:05p, and got to BOS (not SFO as your article suggests) just after 2am, 4 hours after schedule.


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