Wheel falls from Boeing plane in Los Angeles

Wheel falls from Boeing plane in Los Angeles

/ 10:47 AM July 09, 2024

Wheel falls from Boeing plane in Los Angeles

A Boeing 757 jet is parked near a United Airlines hanger, as its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets remain grounded, before a new day of service as United Airlines carries on with its fleet of 777s at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 17, 2013 in Los Angeles. A United Airlines flight lost a tire after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport on the morning of July 8, 2024, the airline confirmed. The plane, a Boeing 757-200, “landed safely in Denver,” the company said in a statement. FILE PHOTO/Agence France-Presse

LOS ANGELES — A Boeing jetliner taking off from Los Angeles lost a wheel Monday, the latest in a string of safety scares for the aerospace giant.

United Airlines, which operated the Boeing 757-200, said the plane lost the wheel after leaving Los Angeles International Airport but landed safely in Denver, its intended destination.


“The wheel has been recovered in Los Angeles, and we are investigating what caused this event,” the airline said in statement.


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No injuries were reported from the ground or the 174 passengers and seven crew members on board.

It was the second time in recent months that a Boeing plane operated by United Airlines lost a wheel after taking off.

In March, a Boeing 777 bound for Japan had a tire fall off shortly after takeoff from San Francisco. The aircraft had to make an emergency landing.

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Boeing agreed Monday to plead guilty to fraud in a settlement with the US Department of Justice over two fatal 737 MAX crashes.


Boeing has faced renewed scrutiny of the 737 MAX this year after a fuselage door plug blew out on the same model during an Alaska Airlines flight in January.

A Boeing spokesperson said in an email that the 757-200 aircraft that took off Monday was first delivered 30 years ago in 1994.

Production of the 757 model was discontinued in 2004.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating Monday’s incident.

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