Boeing confronts new setback as plane loses wheel during takeoff

(MENAFN) On Monday, a Boeing 757-200 operated by United airlines lost a wheel during takeoff from Los Angeles Airport, adding to the series of setbacks and technical failures that have plagued the American aircraft manufacturer. United Airlines confirmed the incident, stating that the wheel was recovered at Los Angeles Airport and an investigation is underway to determine the cause. The aircraft, which was en route to Denver, Colorado, carried 174 passengers and seven crew members. Despite the loss of the wheel, the plane managed to land safely, albeit 25 minutes behind schedule.

A Boeing spokesperson noted that United Airlines acquired the aircraft in 1994, and Boeing ceased production of this model in 2004. This latest incident has prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to launch a new investigation, adding to Boeing's mounting challenges. Recently, Boeing has been under intense scrutiny due to numerous production and quality issues, significantly tarnishing its reputation.

On the same day, the FAA announced that over 2,600 Boeing 737 aircraft must be inspected due to concerns about the potential malfunction of passenger oxygen masks in emergencies. Additionally, Boeing disclosed that it had reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department concerning two fatal crashes. Court documents reveal that Boeing will plead guilty to criminal conspiracy to defraud, as prosecutors determined that the company violated a previous settlement related to the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that resulted in 346 deaths more than five years ago.

Boeing's troubles have been further compounded by a near-catastrophic incident in January, where a Boeing 737 Max 9 lost its emergency door mid-flight. This aircraft had been delivered to Alaska Airlines in October, highlighting ongoing concerns about Boeing's quality control and production standards. 



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