United Airlines Flight 1627, initially en route from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, was diverted for an unexpected stop.
United 737 Windshield Crashed
The flight path, tracked by Flight Aware, revealed a sharp turn as it safely landed at Denver International Airport in Colorado, prompted by the issue of a cracked windshield, according to the FAA.
United Airlines acknowledged the diversion, stating to The NY Post that it resulted from a “maintenance issue.” At the time of the incident, the Boeing 737-800 jet had 166 passengers and seven crew members on board.
“After a safe landing, passengers disembarked normally, and there was a change of aircraft,” United stated.
The airline added, “The flight then proceeded from Denver to Dulles,” as indicated by Flight Aware, which displayed a landing more than four and a half hours behind schedule.
Both Denver and Dulles are included in United’s list of eight U.S. hubs, as per information available on its website.
Disappointment with 737 MAX
This incident follows closely after United CEO Scott Kirby criticized Boeing when the carrier’s MAX 9 aircraft fleet was grounded due to a harrowing door blowout on an Alaska Airlines flight.
Kirby expressed his frustration, stating, “I think the MAX 9 grounding is probably the straw that broke the camel’s back for us.” In a recent interview, he lamented the anticipated five-year delay, which he considers a “best case” scenario, for the certification of the 737 MAX 10 by the FAA.
“We’re going to build at least a plan that doesn’t have the MAX 10 in it,” Kirby further explained, noting that United would not cancel the jets but rather exclude them from internal plans.
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