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United Airlines Boeing plane loses wheel after takeoff from Los Angeles and lands safely in Denver

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LOS ANGELES — A United Airlines Boeing jet lost a main landing gear wheel Monday while taking off from Los Angeles and later landed safely in Denver, the airline said. There were no reported injuries on the ground or on board Flight 1001, United said in a statement. “The wheel has been recovered in Los Angeles, and we are investigating what caused this event,” the statement said. (www.nbcnews.com) More...

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thenotoriousrob
rob strong 24
Maintenance issue, not a manufacturer issue.
dvbavcon
Dean Brossman 31
I can be sure that it is not a Boeing issue. This was a 757-200 and they have not been made for over ten years.
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 15
Agreed, and the last 757 was completed in October 2004, so nearly 20 years.

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dvbavcon
The procedures have been in place for over 20 years without an incident. Also, safety locks are elementary procedures to a licensed mechanic. Your statement does not apply in this situation.
joelwiley
joel wiley 5
And if your aunt had testicles, she'd be your uncle - so much of statements beginning with 'if'
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 1
If there was an issue in the maintenance procedure tires would have been falling off for the last 20 years. But that is not how it works, if a procedure has a problem it is improved and re-issued so the procedures get better with time.
dnorthern
dnorthern 38
Not a Boeing issue. Irresponsible reporting for Noeing to be featured in the headline. Further proof journalism is dead
chugheset
chugheset 14
Once there is blood in the water the sharks begin to circle. I've noticed a significant increase in the number of random Boeing mentions for any type of incident (e.g., Irate passenger removed from Boeing airplane...). Journalism is indeed dead (not that we needed more proof).
EMK69
EMK69 20
Not only that but the link when I pulled it up it shows the Lion Air crash, talk about irresponsible journalism.
linbb
linbb 4
Most reporters are not even in the USA anymore look at the name on many and how many times its written. These are people who work out of there homes somewhere.
btweston
btweston -1
Uh, no.
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue -3
Sadly, he's dug in so deep, he can't see the utter failures of his own making.

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TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 15
It was Boeing employees who removed the plug during maintenance, and didn't reinstall it properly nor produced the required documentation for their work. That makes it a Boeing issue.
tundralife
Bob Moseley 3
More accurately that makes it a Boeing ‘Maintenance’ problem.
ghstark
Greg S 14
Imagine believing that a Boeing employee who left the bolts off what was effectively part of the fuselage is somehow not a Boeing issue!
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 1
I suspect that person is no longer an employee. I’m not sure how it is a Boeing but everywhere I worked the work order had a spot to be initialed after every step of a procedure.

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augerin
Dave Mathes 2
...Bill, what planet are you from...?
Nooge
Nooge 2
..Bill, what planet are you from...?

The seventh planet from the sun
loubearr
loubearr 1
I think it might be planet Uranus

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Nooge
Nooge 2
Bill would rather have a Con man than an old man who cleaned up the Con mans mess
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue -5
Funny guy! Low IQ, but funny!
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue -3
Anyway...
Nooge
Nooge -3
Bill likes Aeroflot and Trump Air

Both run in to the ground by genius's
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue -5
You are dumber than a sac-a-hammers! TDS is alive and well! "THEY" just tried to kill him! That's the only option they have left!
joekirbyjr
As a retired airline pilot, this would definitely fall under maintenance issues. It will only takes days to determine who last examined the offending tire or replaced it. Keep in mind that a heavy airliner tire will normally last through more than 200 landing/departure cycles with a ground maintenance crew examining the tires and brakes at regular intervals. With an average tire pressure in excess of 220 psi, a tire is under heavy scrutiny by both the ground crew and the pilots during a walk around inspection. I never failed to observe tire appearance and inspect the brakes in my ground inspection. However, having said this, bolt torque and inspection definitely falls under maintenance!
MikeInPA
Mike InPA 2
Was it a tire or a wheel that fell off?
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 1
Some articles say a wheel came off, some say tire. I don’t know how the tire can come off without the whole wheel assembly. These are not like the wheel assembly on your car where running on a flat tire can have the tire eventually come off.
augerin
Dave Mathes 0
...think about that for a minute...
MikeInPA
Mike InPA 2
Carlen Kirby, being a retired pilot, should know ...
augerin
Dave Mathes 1
..ok, don't think about it for a minute...
havenrich1
Haven Rich 5
Someone forgot a cotter pin and another someone didn't check the first someone's work and the job was signed off, oops!
augerin
Dave Mathes 8
...this is along the same lines as the line mech that got sucked into an engine recently, why was Boeing included in the headline...FOD is FOD, Boeing had nothing to do with it...
LeanderWilliams
Someone tried to argue me down that it was a vendor issue. As I explained; when a company uses a subcontractor, the COMPANY is the one ultimately responsible. We saw that with Boeing and Spirit. Since United had 2 of the same type of incidents within 4 months, all eyes are on THEIR maintenance department. Surely, someone in maintenance management will see heads roll.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 2
If, and I am not saying this is the problem, but if it is a vender issue then we would likely see wheels coming off other aircraft using the same vender. I’m not saying it isn’t possible especially with the counterfeit parts and hardware problems in industry, just that it is unlikely. Let the investigation sort things out.
timhaight
Tim Haight 7
Whats that old saying, 'YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" I'm an IA licensed A&P and have been for over 47 years. I have worked for Boeing as a mechanic and manager, this is one of 2 things, bad maintenance defective or unapproved illegal parts. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOEING COMPANY!
dwiggins01
Of course, this airplane left the factory at least a decade ago when the last 757 was delivered. Idiot journalists are trying to Watergate Boeing.
NX211
NX211 3
Repeat after me...

Righty tighty.. lefty loosey..
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 0
Have you ever been a mechanic? If you were you would know of a thing called “reverse thread”. It is why we need to buy torque wrenches that are accurate in both directions.
joekirbyjr
After reading some of these post concerning the “lug bolts” on a heavy airliners wheels, let me add what I know. The wheel assembly contains the bearings and the inner locking mechanism that aligns with brakes. A heavy airliner’s (747,777,757,767} main landing gear (trucks) uses tires that weigh some 500 lbs. all of these are held in place using a single large nut and washer assembly. The flanged nut once threaded and torqued is then locked in place using two (2) bolts that are pinned. This is the only thing that keeps the shaft nut from backing off. Forget to pin the bolts and you have a problem! Remember, on takeoff and climb out these huge tires are still spinning extremely fast until the gear is folded and the tires come into contact with their friction “brakes” inside of the wheel wells.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 1
I have never worked on large aircraft so I could not post how the assembly works. Thank you for confirming it and have a great week.
dwiggins01
The Boeing hate reminds me of the CH-53E hate in the late eighties coming from the Orange County Register. Some crackpot reporter won a pulitizer prize for castigating the USMC and Sikorsky over mishaps involved the CH-53E. He scared the shit out of the public making them think they could have a 53 dropping on their head at any given time. The aircraft had some teething pains like they all did in that era. The CH53E is still flying today nearly forty years after its joining the fleet marine force.
augerin
Dave Mathes 4
...and still one of the most badass aircraft in the sky...
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 2
How many of the crashes were because of design faults? We are talking about a heavy lift aircraft that can pick up over 30,000 lbs of cargo. When externally lifting heavy objects there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Then there is the fact that it works in all weather conditions, in different environments day and night… You’re going to have accidents, it’s part of the challenge these machines and their operators face.
augerin
Dave Mathes 2
..not to breach on a particular issue but I was wondering, after reading an article on the 777x being 5 years behind schedule, when is the last time Boeing wasn't multi years behind on any project they were working on...
frogandtoad
frogandtoad 2
Nice to see some people have an understanding how aircraft systems operate - Answer to Carlen - very good information – spot on – except for the bit about friction brake pads - these are for the noise wheels only (on said boeing aircraft - don’t have hydraulic brakes) - The main wheel brakes are applied when the cockpit gear leaver is selected to up and the gear starts to retract the brakes are applied as a function of the retract sequence so the gyroscopic effect (vibration) doesn’t inconvenience the passengers.
jkeifer3
Joe Keifer 2
Does the NTSB get involved in events such as this? If not, should they be?
stratofan
stratofan 4
My question is will the union lackey that did not tighten the lugnuts get canned for not doing his/her job? I don't think so. Of course, the MSM just loves throwing Boeing under the bus for another incident related to one of their products and not practicing a random act of journalism. LOL!
dvbavcon
Dean Brossman 6
Lug Nuts? Really? Just shows you know nothing about transport aircraft.
jkeifer3
Joe Keifer 2
Aren't they all "castle nuts" and safety-wired?
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 1
mltnb
“Union lackey” have some respect
pheliks
John Graham 1
Obviously the 757 is a great aircraft. It landed at its destination minus 1 wheel without incident. But it's also a shame the we see video of wheels falling off. Hmm. If I was the person that put that wheel on I wouldn't be sleeping well right now. The wheel change must have been done on a Monday morning. Lesson to learn here? Don't fly on Mondays.
Gatsby123
DEI maintenance issue.
dwiggins01
Scott Wiggins -5
My thought exactly. Blackrock and Soros infected our society with this garbage. Competency crisis across the board.
mikabjork
Mika Bjork 0
It’s a known issue.
Jaime1949
A few years ago, I worked for united ramp service, we were given a tour around the area and we passed a parked aircraft I noticed that the front tire was showing a lot of tire wear I mentioned it to the supervisor that was given the tour he looked at me and said that it was ok, two days later I heard that the aircraft was taken out of service and the tire was being replace, thank god nothing happen
msetera
msetera -6
Isn't DEI just grand?

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linbb
linbb 19
What a stupid comment about this it has nothing to do with boeing in any way do you think boeing sends out people to maintain them with each purchase? ITS ON THE AIRLINE NOTHING TO DO WITH BOEING.
dwiggins01
/Someone pointed out that the last 757 was produced in 2004. Jees...
augerin
Dave Mathes 2
..whoa, wait a minute!!!..are you saying that every AC doesn't come with a full box of mechanics with every purchase?..

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