This week, United Airlines Holdings (NASDAQ: UAL) discovered that it had not performed the mandatory inspections on the leading-edge wing panels of 25 Boeing (BA.N) 777-200 airplanes. As a result, the airline decided to remove those planes from operation.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Suggestion to United Airlines Holdings
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that the airline had suggested a plan to finish the inspections after conducting an internal audit and notified the agency. United said on Tuesday it had postponed roughly 18 flights on Monday night and Tuesday morning to perform the checks but did not expect to cancel any flights due to the issue.
United Airlines Holdings (NASDAQ: UAL) stated on Tuesday that “we have completed inspections on 10 of those aircraft, and are working with the FAA to return others to service while examinations are ongoing over the next two weeks.” The inspections will continue through the end of the month.
The FAA said it assessed United’s inspection plan “and looked into the circumstances that led to the missed inspections.”
In May, the FAA allowed United’s 52 Boeing 777 planes outfitted with Pratt & Whitney (PW) 4000 engines to return to service.
In February of 2021, a United flight en route to Honolulu experienced engine failure scattered debris over adjacent cities and made an emergency landing in Denver. As a result, the airline decided to ground all of its jets. The jet landed at the airport without incident, and no passengers or crew members were hurt.
United said Tuesday that the wing leading-edge panel inspections of particular 777-200s are unrelated to engines or recent engine work. They said the reviews, in most cases, may be done overnight.
The Wall Street Journal provided earlier information regarding the inspection problem.
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