United Airlines

  • United Airlines flight diverted to remote Midway Island due to odour July 13, 2014

    Washington: A United Airlines flight with 348 people aboard over the Pacific Ocean was forced to land on remote Midway Island because of what authorities said was an electrical odour on board. The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to...
  • Mumbai: DGCA grounds US aircraft after detecting damage in engine February 22, 2014

    Mumbai: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday evening grounded United States carrier United Airlines' aircraft in Mumbai after finding major damage in its engine cover. According to sources in DGCA, the aircraft is damaged and that the craft's lower cowl is missing. However, the airline has said...
  • Damage reported in United Airlines' plane, grounded at Mumbai airport February 21, 2014

    A Boeing 777 aircraft of American carrier United Airlines was grounded at Mumbai airport on Thursday night after engineers found that its right engine cover was badly damaged, official sources said on Friday. The aircraft, operating flight UA-48 from Newark to Mumbai, arrived around 2200 hours on Thursday and the engineers...
  • Boeing warns of engine icing risk on 747-8s, Dreamliners November 24, 2013

    Boeing advised airlines on Friday about a risk of engine icing problems on its new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner planes with engines made by General Electric, urging 15 carriers to avoid flying them near high-level thunderstorms. The warning led Japan Airlines to pull 787 Dreamliners from two international routes. Other affected...
  • United Airlines to honour free tickets it accidentally gave away to lucky customers September 14, 2013

    United Airlines has said that it will honour the tickets it accidentally gave away for free. The decision is good news for people who snapped up the tickets on Friday after United listed airfares at USD 0. Many customers got tickets for USD 5 or USD 10, paying only the cost...
  • Dreamliners in emergency landing, regulators order probe December 5, 2012

    New York: On the same day one of its new Dreamliners made an emergency landing because of a mechanical problem, Boeing said US regulators had ordered the entire fleet of 787 jets to be inspected for a possible fuel line problem. The twin mechanical issues, while not necessarily uncommon, were...
  • New airline fees put families last June 5, 2012

    New York: Just when you thought airlines were done with ridiculous fees and onerous policies, Spirit Airlines has announced it is raising a charge for carry-on bags to $100 and United Airlines has said it will no longer allow families with small children to board early. And that's not to...
  • 9/11 lawsuit blames airline for security lapse September 17, 2011

    New York: A lawsuit filed in a federal court in New York has pointed figures at United Airlines for security failures during the 9/11 attacks, saying the five terrorists who boarded the flight from Boston were cleared by a staff who could not speak or understand English and did not...
  • Pilot spills coffee, triggers hijack alert January 6, 2011

    Toronto: A pilot's spilled coffee accidentally triggered a hijacking alert and caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, to make an unscheduled stop in Canada. A Transport Canada report said United Flight 940 was diverted to Toronto late Monday and landed safely at Pearson International Airport. In a...
  • Bomb scare in US plane, Qatari diplomat held April 8, 2010

    Washington: A United Airlines domestic flight landed safely in Denver after a disturbance on board by a passenger, but officials said the incident did not appear to be a serious security threat. "It looks like the individual in question was perhaps smoking in the lavatory and might have made an unfortunate...
  • Kalam humiliated: How US airline treated him July 22, 2009

    New Delhi: APJ Abdul Kalam, India's former President, was subjected to humiliation by an American airline at the Delhi airport in April 2009 when he was frisked and forced to take off his shoes during a security check, despite protests from his security officers. The incident occurred three months ago...
  • Watch your weight if you want to fly United Airlines April 18, 2009

    Washington: Overweight passengers will be now paying more to get a seat in certain commercial flights. In US, United Airlines is the latest carrier to double-charge passengers who are plus-size according to the airline's new seating policy. ...
  • Scorpion on plane, pantful of pain June 16, 2007

    Vermont: A scorpion stung David Sullivan on the back of his right leg, just below the knee, then crawled up and down his left leg, he thinks, before getting him again in the shin. Not what he was expecting on his flight home from Chicago to Vermont. Sullivan, a 46-year-old builder...
  • Pilots report UFO to US aviation agency June 15, 2007

    Chicago: Federal government officials in USA say it was probably just some weird weather phenomenon, but a group of United Airlines employees swear they saw a mysterious, saucer-shaped craft hovering over O'Hare Airport in Chicago last fall. The workers, some of them pilots, said the object did not have lights and...
  • US plane diverted after search September 11, 2006

    Washington: A United Airlines flight from Atlanta to San Francisco was diverted to Dallas, Texas Monday after finding an unclaimed BlackBerry hand-held computer onboard, a Transportation Security official said. Officials had also found and removed an unidentified backpack from the jet before it left Atlanta, said Transportation Security administration spokeswoman...
  • 9/11 victims mourn their loved ones September 11, 2006

    Los Gatos (California): The morning of September 11th 2001 started out like any other day for Alice Hoagland and her family. Hoagland was a flight attendant for a major airline at the time. She wasn't flying that morning, but her 31-year-old son Mark Bingham was onboard United flight 93 headed to...