Wheel Falls Off United Airlines Boeing Airplane Moments After Takeoff

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A United Airlines Boeing 757-200 lost one of its landing gear tires moments after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning.

United Flight 1001 departed Los Angeles at approximately 7 a.m. bound for Denver.

The airline said the plane continued its flight to Denver and landed without incident.

The plane carried 174 passengers and seven crew members.

The United Airlines-operated Boeing aircraft losing its wheel is a near repeat of an incident in March.

From the New York Post:

A United spokesperson says the wheel was later found in Los Angeles, and that it’s investigating the cause of the mishap. It was not immediately known whether it caused any damage on the ground.

The incident is strikingly similarity to another scary incident in March when an Osaka, Japan-bound Boeing 777-200 carrying 249 people lost a wheel just after taking off from San Francisco.

The March flight was diverted to LAX where it landed safely and without injuries. The errant wheel badly damaged some vehicles in an airport parking lot.

Video of that takeoff, also captured by RadarBox, is virtually indistinguishable from Monday’s footage.


Per CBS News:

Officials at Denver International Airport said United Flight 1001 — a Boeing 757-200 — landed at DIA just before 11 a.m. after a wheel on the rear landing gear fell off the plane upon takeoff at LAX. No injuries were reported among the 174 passengers or seven crewmembers.

United says an investigation is now ongoing to determine what caused the wheel to fall off. The wheel has since been recovered in Los Angeles.

Allen Stubblefield was traveling from southern California to Iowa with a connecting flight in Denver. He flies for work often and has never been part of an emergency landing. He said the takeoff felt completely normal but bout halfway through the flight, the pilot got on the PA to say they’d be doing an emergency landing into Denver.

“(I’ve) been through many safety procedures and you get to the point where you’re half-listening or barely listening,” he said.

Stubblefield said he heard no complaints or panicking from passengers.

When they were on their final descent, Stubblefield said the a flight attendant got on the PA and said “brace, brace, brace.”

“It was not the smoothest landing and I didn’t expect that,” Stubblefield said. “There was a bump, but that was it.”

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