United B737 near Washington on Feb 18th 2018, dual autopilot failure

Last Update: February 19, 2018 / 22:18:38 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 18, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-1068

Destination
Bogota, Colombia

Aircraft Registration
N29717

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

A United Boeing 737-700, registration N29717 performing flight UA-1068 from Newark,NJ (USA) to Bogota (Colombia), was enroute at FL340 about 100nm eastsoutheast of Washington Dulles,DC (USA) when the crew descended the aircraft to FL280 out of RVSM airspace due to the failure of both autopilots. The aircraft initially continued towards Bogota, but about 30 minutes later turned aorund and diverted to Washington Dulles for a safe landing about 2 hours after leaving FL340.

A replacement Boeing 737-700 registration N24702 reached Bogota with a delay of 3.5 hours.

A passenger reported he noticed the aircraft descended to FL280 about 30 minutes into the flight. The flight attendants stopped cabin service and announced they were diverting to Washington, the flight crew was too busy to talk. Some time later the captain announced both autopilots had failed, the crew was in full command of the aircraft, however, protocol required them to divert to Washington. The aircraft burned off fuel with gear down, then landed still overweight. Emergency services checked the aircraft before the aircraft taxied to the apron.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 18, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-1068

Destination
Bogota, Colombia

Aircraft Registration
N29717

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

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