United Flight Returns to Rome After Passengers See Flames Coming From the Plane’s Engine

by Anthony Losanno
United 787

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Yesterday, United Airlines flight UA885 had just departed Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and was en route to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) when passengers noticed flames coming from one of the Boeing 777-200’s engines. This caused the captain to turn around and divert back to Rome.

The aircraft was met by fire and police personnel upon landing. Passengers were deplaned via air stairs versus being brought to a gate with a jet bridge. Passengers were accommodated on another aircraft that was at the airport and originally scheduled for a flight to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Paddle Your Own Kanoo reports that United issued the following statement:

The flight safely returned to Rome, and we arranged for a different aircraft to take our customers to their destination.”

United has been in the news a lot lately due to maintenance issues and incidents happening on several aircraft types. This has led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to send an onsite inspector to review maintenance processes (more here).

Anthony’s Take: I feel like I keep saying the same thing, but air travel remains safe and in each incident United has safely landed the aircraft without injuries. Hopefully, United will figure out what’s going on and correct it.

(Featured Image Credit: United Airlines.)

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AlohaDaveKennedy April 6, 2024 - 10:04 am

Oh, great! Now when the door flies off your United Boeing plane lucky passenger can roast marshmallows using the heT from the engine fires and sticks made from all those broken guitars.

Lara S. April 6, 2024 - 6:17 pm

@AlohaDaveKennedy Nice reference to the classic “united breaks guitars” song. Well done.


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