United Plane Makes Emergency Landing In LA In Airline’s 4th Emergency This Week

A United Airlines plane flying to Mexico had to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles on Friday due to a “hydraulic failure.”

The plane, an Airbus A320 carrying around 110 people, was flying from San Francisco to Mexico City when it made an emergency stop at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday afternoon after a “complete hydraulic failure” was reported. The emergency landing took place at around 4:30 p.m. local time. 

“The flight landed safely and passengers were deplaned normally at the gate,” United said, noting that passengers would be transferred to a different plane to complete their trip. 

United said that it appeared that one of the hydraulic systems was down. “This aircraft type has three hydraulic systems for redundancy purposes. Preliminary information shows there was only an issue with one system on this aircraft,” the airline said. 

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will be investigating the incident which comes as United has faced a series of airplane related mishaps this week.  

Earlier on Friday, a United Airlines Boeing 737 went off the runway and got stuck in the grass at the George W. Bush Airport in Houston, Texas. The 160 people on board all had to be evacuated from the craft. 

A day before, on Thursday, a United Airlines plane taking off from San Francisco International Airport lost a tire, which plunged to the ground and damaged vehicles in a parking lot. The plane, bound for Japan, was diverted to Los Angeles.

Finally, on Monday a United Airlines flight that took off from Houston to Fort Myers was forced to turn around after one of its engines erupted in flames. United Flight 1118 was in the air less than 15 minutes before it had to turn around, according to data from FlightAware.

“United flight 1118 returned to Houston shortly after takeoff due to an engine issue,” the airline said in a statement. “The flight landed safely, and the passengers deplaned normally. We arranged for a new aircraft to take our customers to their destination, which departed for Fort Myers later that evening.”

The incidents come as conservatives have raised concerns about the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the airline industry at the cost of competency.

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