United Airlines Boeing flight makes emergency landing after wheel falls off

Another safety issue for Boeing as a flight is forced to make an emergency landing in Denver due to a wheel falling off during take off.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida / Gary Hershorn/GettyImages

Boeing continues to be at the center of safety issues in the airline industry. On Monday, July 8 a United Airlines flight was forced to land in Denver after a wheel fell off the plane during take-off from Los Angeles.

United Flight 1001, a Boeing 757-200 plane, landed at Denver International Airport just before 11 am. on Monday after a rear landing gear wheel fell off the plane as it left LAX. There were 174 passengers and seven crewmembers on the flight, none of which reported injuries after the emergency landing. An investigation is now underway to determine what caused the wheel to fall off. The wheel has been recovered in Los Angeles.

Air traffic control audio from LAX shows that other pilots noticed the wheel and informed air traffic controllers.

“A tire came off that B757 that took off,” one pilot stated in the audio. “We saw it rolling down bast B7-B8.”

This is yet another serious safety issue that Boeing must answer for to the public. In March, a Boeing 777 plane was forced to land at LAX after a tire fell off, crushed a car below, and damaged several other vehicles. In January, a door plug blew out mid-flight causing the door to fly out. All this comes after two crashes in 2018 and 2019. The U.S. Justice Department has since investigated the airline as more safety violations become known and the deaths of multiple whistleblowers get covered by mainstream media.

In June, Boeing CEO, Dave Calhoun faced tough questions from the U.S. Senate who openly questioned why he is still employed and his compensation. Calhoun also had to face the families of victims from said crashes, many of who responded that he should be in jail.

As the travel industry continues to experience a boom in 2024, safety is becoming a huge concern as more issues with Boeing show cracks in its procedures and the viability of planes servicing the public.