United B739 at Chicago on May 16th 2018, flaps problem

Last Update: May 19, 2018 / 21:41:54 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 16, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-774

Aircraft Registration
N66828

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-900

ICAO Type Designator
B739

A United Boeing 737-900, registration N66828 performing flight UA-774 from Orlando,FL to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA), was on approach to Chicago when the crew stopped the descent at 4000 feet due to a problem with the flaps and followed delay vectors while working the related checklists. The crew prepared the aircraft for a landing at a higher than normal speed, then positioned for an approach to O'Hare's runway 10C and landed safely at a higher than normal speed (about 178 knots over ground). Emergency services checked the brakes before the aircraft taxied to the apron.

A passenger reported the flight's departure had been delayed by about 2.5 hours due to thunderstorms in Orlando. On approach to Chicago the aircraft discontinued the descent, the captain announced they could not extend the flaps and needed to run through a couple of procedures. About 45 minutes later the captain announced they were now ready for the landing, they would be a bit fast and emergency services would be on hand to ensure everything was okay. The landing was "very fast and intense", several passengers took the brace position although no such instruction had been issued. The passenger wrote: "We stopped quite a bit down the runway and there were no injuries. O'Hare was lit up with emergency vehicles. Fire trucks reached us soon after landing and fire crews immediately approached the plane. After inspection, we taxied to our gate with several emergency vehicles as escort and deplaned otherwise as normal. The crew was incredibly calm and reassuring throughout the event."
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 16, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-774

Aircraft Registration
N66828

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-900

ICAO Type Designator
B739

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