United Airlines Boeing 737 lands in Oregon with exterior panel missing

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United Airlines Boeing 737 Lands in Oregon with Missing Panel

A United Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, 25 years old, made a safe landing at an airport in Oregon on Friday despite a missing exterior panel. The plane’s issue was first noticed while it was parked at the gate. According to reports, the United Boeing 737 had departed from San Francisco in the morning and arrived in Medford, Oregon approximately an hour later with the missing panel.

The discovery of the missing panel occurred during a post-flight inspection, although the exact timing of when it came off remains unclear. United Airlines stated that thorough examinations will be conducted on the aircraft to address the issue and perform all necessary repairs before it resumes service.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has initiated an investigation into the incident. Another United aircraft experienced a similar issue on the same day, where a jet departing from San Francisco landed in Oregon with an external panel missing. This incident adds to a series of recent problems faced by the airline, with a significant number of flights departing from or heading to San Francisco encountering issues.

Recent Incidents Involving Boeing Aircraft

This latest incident involving a missing airplane panel is just one of several incidents involving Boeing aircraft this year. Notably, a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft had a gear failure and crashed off the runway at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Additionally, a United Airlines Boeing 777 plane had to make an emergency landing after losing a tire during takeoff.

During takeoff from San Francisco, one of the United plane’s tires detached, causing damage to several cars in the parking lot. The flight was then diverted to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for a safe landing. Earlier in the year, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX experienced a mid-air incident where a large piece of the aircraft blew out.

These incidents have occurred amidst Boeing’s emphasis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) hiring practices, raising concerns about the prioritization of such initiatives over passenger safety in the airline industry.

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