United Airlines Boeing 777 Diverts to Gander Following Hydraulic Leak

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 16, 2024 17:30 PMNews
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On June 9, 2024, a United Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, registered N794UA, was diverted to Gander International Airport (YQX) in Canada due to a hydraulic leak. The aircraft, en route from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG), made an emergency landing as a precautionary measure.

The widebody aircraft, adorned with a special Star Alliance livery, landed safely in Gander. A substitute Boeing 777-200ER, registered N204UA, was dispatched to continue the journey, resulting in a 17-hour delay for passengers.

Flight UA915 experienced this issue during its transatlantic route, causing it to deviate from its planned course. The aircraft had been in service for 26.6 years, having joined United's fleet in November 1997 and returned to active service in May 2022 after a pandemic-induced hiatus.

The diverted aircraft was intended to return to IAD on the same day but had its flight canceled. Eventually, it was ferried back on June 11, 2024, and resumed its scheduled route to CDG without further incident. The Boeing 777-200ER accommodates 276 passengers across four cabin classes, offering a diverse range of seating options.

This incident adds to a series of hydraulic system-related issues faced by United Airlines in 2024. In March, a similar problem on an Airbus A320-200 diverted a flight from San Francisco to Mexico City back to Los Angeles. Other incidents that week included an engine failure on a Boeing 757-300, a tire loss on a 777-200 bound for Osaka, and a runway incident involving a 737 MAX-8 in Houston.

United Airlines has addressed these issues through their robust safety protocols, ensuring passenger and crew safety. The recent diversion highlights the importance of stringent maintenance and quick response measures in aviation.

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