On December 29, United Airlines flight UA809 flew from Orange County California to Denver. The Airbus A320 took off from runway 20R and climbed safely to its cruising altitude. It even arrived in Denver early.
However a gas cap fell off the airplane and down ‘a few thousand feet’ out of the sky, ‘smashing’ onto the hood of a automobile driving down Park Avenue on Balboa Island.
The FAA has reached out to United Airlines, which was working the Airbus A320 from which the half fell, and company inspectors deliberate to talk this week with the contractor who was fueling the plane at John Wayne Airport that day, Gregor stated.
“At United, safety is our top priority,” stated airline spokesman Charles Hobart. “We are reviewing this incident internally and working with the authorities and manufacturers.”
United Airlines Boeing 737
Just over a yr in the past the FAA issued a ‘SAFO’ or Safety Alert for Operators about aftermarket gas caps used on Airbus plane as a result of the difficulty is seemingly frequent, although normally “caps have been found on taxiways and runways” quite than on transferring automobiles.
The plane, delivered to United in March 1995, reported smoke within the cabin in August 2016 and was concerned in turbulence which injured two passengers close to Boston in October 2012.