United's Boeing 737 Max Jet Veers Off Runway In Houston, Marking Third Incident In Week

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Mar 08, 2024 - 04:51 PM

Update (1151 ET):

What the hell is happening with United Airlines' Boeing jets this week? 

The third incident occurred on Friday morning, as United Flight 2477, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 160 passengers and six crew members, skidded off the taxiway and into a grassy area after landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. 

Flight 2477's incident comes in the wake of two other incidents:

  • On Thursday, United Airlines Flight 35, a Boeing 777-200 en route to Osaka from San Francisco, lost a wheel shortly after departure,
  • and on Wednesday, Flight 1118, a Boeing 737 flying from Houston to Fort Myers, encountered an engine fire mid-flight.

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One day after a United Airlines' Boeing 737 from Houston to Fort Myers experienced a dramatic mid-flight engine fire, a United jet heading to Japan from San Francisco lost a tire during takeoff that fell from the sky and crushed vehicles. 

United Airlines Flight 35, an Oska-bound Boeing 777-200 with 249 souls on board, experienced a landing gear malfunction that caused a tire to separate from the widebody jet. The tire fell several hundred feet and then crushed vehicles in a parking lot at San Francisco International Airport. 

Flight tracking website RadarBox reposted a video on X that captured the moment the tire separated from the plane's landing gear. 

"The 777-200 has six tires on each of its two main landing gear struts. The aircraft is designed to land safely with missing or damaged tires," United Airlines told Bloomberg in a statement. 

Images of the crushed vehicle were posted on X. 

The 777 was able to divert and land safely at Los Angeles International Airport shortly after takeoff. 

Meanwhile, United Flight 1118 suffered an engine malfunction over Texas on Wednesday. 

The incompetency crisis continues for Boeing.