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Another wheel falls off United plane

Another wheel falls off United plane

United Airlines has come under increased scrutiny for its safety performance after its Boeing 757-200 lost a wheel from its main landing gear during takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport, the latest in a series of incidents that have drawn negative attention to the carrier, particularly from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The aircraft, registered N14107, was operating flight UA1001 with 174 passengers and seven crew members on July 8. It landed safely in Denver. The aircraft is nearly 30 years old, according to Cirium fleets.

The Chicago-based airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The incident is reminiscent of a March 7 incident when a wheel fell off a United 777-200 en route from San Francisco International Airport to Japan. The tire fell into an employee parking lot, damaging several cars but causing no injuries. The plane was diverted to Los Angeles and landed safely. That same month, another 777 flight from Sydney to San Francisco made an emergency landing after a hydraulic leak in the air.

The incidents are part of a series of recent incidents that have led the FAA to increase safety oversight of United Airlines. Other incidents include a 737 Max 8 veering off a taxiway in Houston and a 737-800 landing with an exterior panel missing in Medford, Oregon.

Although there were no reported injuries from these mishaps, the FAA temporarily halted United’s certification activities, preventing the airline from adding new aircraft and routes. This increased scrutiny comes amid heightened awareness by regulators, lawmakers and the flying public following the explosion of a door stopper on an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 on January 5.