United Airlines flight 134 was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport yesterday, March 28, after suffering a technical issue on a transatlantic flight.
Emergency services with the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft after landing safely at 10:46 AM (local time). The technical issue was significant enough that United Airlines subsequently canceled the flight.
A source who spoke with The Clare Herald said that it was understood that fan blades had become separated from the jet’s right-side engine and may have struck a section of the aircraft’s flight control surface.
The Clare Herald also reported that fragments of fan blades are thought to have been found in the right-wing elevator.
The 767 was the first Boeing aircraft to boast a two-crew glass cockpit. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying
The flight had been flying 113 passengers and ten crew from New York’s Newark Airport to Zurich, Switzerland when it declared an emergency shortly after entering Irish airspace.
Data from FlightRadar24.com shows that the aircraft, which had been due to depart New York at 18:20, didn’t leave until 23:52. The plane diverted and began its descent just after 08:00 (UTC).
While the airline hasn’t explained the technical issue behind the diversion, one Twitter user who tweeted that they were on the flight said that it was forced to make a single-engine landing.
United Airlines said that,
“We are providing our customers with meal vouchers and hotel accommodation and making arrangements for them to complete their journeys.”
The 767, tail number N675UA, is just over nine years old. The Aviation Herald’s database lists yesterday’s incident as the first one for the aircraft.
A spokesperson from the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit said:
“A team of Inspectors is currently in Shannon conducting a preliminary investigation into a recent event.”
The Boeing 767
The Boeing 767 was first launched in the 1980s and was an important aircraft for US carriers, as it opened up transatlantic routes to twin-engine aircraft for the first time.
United Airlines was the first airline to operate the plane, with its first commercial flight from Chicago to Denver taking place on the 8th of September 1982.
Over 1,200 767s have been built since, with US carriers, especially Delta Air Lines, operating a significant number.
Plans for a new variant, the 767-400ERX, were proposed in the early 2000s, but further development of this variant was canceled in 2001 by Boeing.
The 787’s higher efficiency and lower operating costs have won favor with airlines. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying
Today, United Airlines operates the 767-300 and the 767-400 models. The airline has two variants of the 767-300.
The first variant has 30 business seats, 46 in economy plus, and 138 in economy, while the second variant has 46 business seats, 22 in premium plus, 43 in economy plus, and 56 in economy.
Despite being a trusted aircraft, the 767-400 variant was grounded by United Airlines in favor of the more efficient Boeing 787 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, with demand for air travel rebounding, United Airlines’ 767s were brought back into service over the course of 2021.
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Source: The Clare Herald
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