United B763 at Geneva on Dec 17th 2017, flap problem

Last Update: December 17, 2017 / 16:55:02 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 17, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-956

Aircraft Registration
N665UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

A United Boeing 767-300, registration N665UA performing flight UA-956 (Dep Dec 16th) from Newark,NJ (USA) to Geneva (Switzerland) with 213 people on board, was on a baseleg at 7000 feet to intercept the localizer for runway 23 when the crew reported a flaps problem and requested to do a 360 degrees orbit. Approach turned the aircraft off the approach with the intention to send the aircraft into a hold at 7000 feet, then issued vectors to keep the aircraft near the approach area. After about 10 minutes the crew declared PAN reporting they could not resolve the flaps problem, needed to land at a higher than normal speed and requested the trucks out. The aircraft subsequently positioned for another approach to runway 23 and landed safely at a higher than normal speed (about 175 knots over ground).

A passenger reported: "After intercepting the localizer for the final approach, the aircraft turned 180 and performed another approach although not aligned on the runway. The aircraft performed another 180 and then reintercepted the localizer and landed facing west, 15min behind schedule. Upon arrival, the aircraft taxied and parked on a separate area from the terminal, accompanied by firefighters and policemen. When disembarking, the aircraft was being inspected by the emergency services. Would love to know what happened!"

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 4.5 hours, then was able to depart for the flight UA-975 to Washington Dulles,DC (USA).
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 17, 2017

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-956

Aircraft Registration
N665UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

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