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.

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“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.

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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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