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Passenger captures shocking video of ‘wing coming apart’ on United flight making emergency landing

A passenger on a United Airlines cross-country flight has captured shocking footage of the plane “wings falling apart” as it makes an emergency landing.

Kevin Clark was among 165 passengers on board a Boeing 757-200 flying from San Francisco to Boston on Monday when the right wing appeared to begin shattering.

He captured video of the horrifying incident as the plane made an emergency landing some 3,000 miles from its intended destination.

“The plane’s wings came apart and we were about to land in Denver,” Clark can be heard saying in the video just before landing. posted by his wife.

A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver due to an “issue” with a wing slat, the airline said. AP

“It fell apart when we took off in San Francisco and it’s about to hit the ground. I can’t wait for this flight to be over,” he says. “They have another plane waiting for us. Touch down now and the nightmare will be over.”

Clerk told WCVB He said he felt “this incredibly loud vibration” as the wheels rose.

“I was like, ‘What is that?'” he told the magazine.

A damaged wing can be seen as the plane lands in Denver. Facebook / Kimberly Clark

Passengers said the pilot entered the cabin about 45 minutes into the flight to assess the damage.

“He went behind me and I was a little sleepy so I wasn’t really paying attention at that point, but then he went back into the cockpit and came on the PA and said, ‘We’re going to… We see some damage.” We turn on one of the front flaps and we’re going to divert you to Denver and put you all on another plane,” Clark said. told NBC Boston.

another passenger I posted a photo of the wings on Reddit..

“Sitting right on the wing, the noise after reaching altitude was much louder than normal. When I opened the window, the wing looked like this,” the user wrote.

Passenger Kevin Clark described a “nightmare” flight after capturing video of the wing being shattered. NBC Boston

“How panicked should we be? Should we tell the flight crew?” he added. “I feel very relieved once I land.”

The plane landed safely in Denver at 5:15 p.m. Monday. The passengers were reassigned to different flights and arrived at Boston Logan International Airport around 2:45 a.m.

United said no one was injured in the incident.

“United Airlines Flight 354 was diverted to Denver yesterday afternoon to address an issue with a wing slat on the aircraft,” the airline said in a statement to NBC Boston.

“The plane landed safely and we arranged for another plane to take the customer to Boston,” he added.

The cause of the damage is unknown and remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Slats are extendable devices on the leading edge of the wings of some fixed-wing aircraft that increase lift during the takeoff and landing phases of flight.

“What we’re looking at there is the rear end of the slat that was damaged,” ABC News contributor Col. Steve Ganyard told WCVB.

“If the damage had been further forward, it could have affected the airplane’s maneuverability,” Gaynard told the outlet. “Fortunately, in this case it was in the rear and did not significantly affect the operation of the plane.

“If the leading edge of a wing is damaged, that creates a problem because the wing will no longer function as designed,” he added.

The Boeing 757 entered service with Continental Airlines in 1994, according to online records.

Boeing has been under intense scrutiny since the door plug of an Alaska Airlines-owned 737 MAX 9 plane (sending 177 people) blew off over Oregon during a flight to California on January 5, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. It is continuing.

The FAA chief has promised to deploy more resources to monitor aircraft manufacturing and hold embattled companies accountable for safety rule violations.

Boeing’s suppliers then notified the company that they had discovered holes accidentally drilled in the fuselages of about 50 undelivered 737 MAX planes.

The newspaper has contacted United for further comment.

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