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United flight makes emergency landing after passengers notice ‘wing coming apart’ on Boeing plane: Video

A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Monday after passengers noticed the Boeing 757-200’s “wings were falling apart.” new york post report.

A flight from San Francisco to Boston was forced to divert after passenger Kevin Clark noticed that one of the plane’s wings appeared to be torn off. A video taken by Clark and posted on social media by his wife showed the damage.

“The wings of the plane broke apart and we were about to land in Denver,” Clark said in the video, just before the plane’s safety equipment touched the ground.

“It fell apart when we took off from San Francisco and we’re about to hit the ground. I can’t wait for this flight to be over,” he continued. “They’re waiting for another plane to fly to Boston. If it lands any second, the nightmare will be over.”

The plane landed safely in Denver at 5:15 p.m. local time on Monday. WBTS report. No injuries were reported.

Clark told news outlets that he heard an “incredibly loud vibration” as the plane took off. According to passengers, about 45 minutes into the flight, the pilot left the cabin and appeared near his seat to see the damage to the wing.

“He went behind me and I was a little sleepy so I wasn’t paying much attention at that point, but then he went back into the cockpit and came on the PA and said, ‘We “Once we close one of the front flaps, we’ll divert you to Denver and put you all on another plane,” Clark told WBTS. .

Another passenger on the same flight posted a photo of the wing deterioration. reddit.

“I was sitting right on top of the wing and the noise after reaching altitude was much louder than normal. I opened the window and saw the wing like this. Should I cave in? Should I tell the flight crew?” the passenger wrote.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. The cause of the damage is unknown at this time.

“United Airlines Flight 354 was diverted to Denver yesterday afternoon to address an issue with a wing slat on the aircraft,” a United Airlines spokesperson told WBTS.

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

Colonel Steve Gunyard WCVB The contributor told the news outlet that the damage was on the “trailing edge” of the wing’s slats, telescopic devices that increase lift during takeoff and landing.

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

“When the leading edge of a wing is damaged, that creates a problem because the wing no longer functions as designed,” Gaynard said.

“If you see breaks like this, it could be fatigue,” he continued. “The plane was quite old and maybe parts just broke down from age or use. Or maybe there was some kind of maintenance problem where it wasn’t equipped properly and the wings themselves were rubbing. maybe.”

The Boeing 757 is 29 years old, first entering service with Continental Airlines in 1994, according to online records.

Boeing has recently come under increased scrutiny after an Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in January when an exit door panel blew off during the flight. A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board found that the Boeing 737 9 MAX plane may have left the factory with the keybolt removed, Blaze News previously reported.

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