United B738 at Denver, Colorado Springs and Gunnison on Nov 28th 2019, autopilot inoperative and weather prompt odyssey

Last Update: December 24, 2019 / 01:20:02 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 28, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-1612

Aircraft Registration
N37298

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A United Boeing 737-800, registration N37298 performing flight UA-1612 from Indianapolis,IN to Denver,CO (USA), had remained at FL280 below RVSM airspace enroute due to the autopilots being inoperative. The crew decided to divert to Colorado Springs,CO due the weather conditions in Denver advising Colorado Springs they were an emergency divert and needed 1nm visibility for landing (Denver was a quarter of a mile). The aircraft was on short final to Colorado Springs' runway 17L the crew needed to go around at decision height due to being unable to establish visual contact with the runway. The crew attempted another approach to runway 17L but again needed to go around. The crew inquired about weather conditions in Denver and Pueblo,CO (USA), located about 33nm south of Colorado Springs. ATC reported Denver was still pretty much the same, Pueblo not much better. The crew decided to divert to "GUC" Gunnison,CO (USA) with Pueblo as an emergency diversion option, climbed to FL200 and landed safely at Gunnison about 46 minutes after the second go around in Colorado Springs.

A passenger reported the captain admitted after landing in Gunnison that they knew the autopilot was inoperative prior to departure from Indianapolis.



Metars Denver:
KDEN 281853Z 25007KT 3SM BR SCT005 SCT010 BKN200 M07/M09 A2984 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 4 SLP154 T10721089=
KDEN 281834Z 29005KT 1 1/4SM BR SCT005 SCT010 BKN200 M07/M08 A2982 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 3 T10721083=
KDEN 281753Z 26004KT 1 1/4SM BR BKN005 M07/M08 A2984 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 2 SLP156 I1000 I6000 T10671083 11067 21089 58001=
KDEN 281653Z 25005KT 1/2SM R35L/P6000FT BR BKN005 M07/M09 A2985 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1 1/2 SLP158 T10721089=
KDEN 281646Z 25003KT 1/2SM R35L/2600VP6000FT BR BKN005 M08/M09 A2985 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 2 1/2 T10781089=
KDEN 281553Z 27005KT M1/4SM R35L/5000VP6000FT FZFG OVC003 M08/M09 A2985 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1/2 SLP160 T10781089=
KDEN 281453Z 24005KT M1/4SM R35L/3500VP6000FT FZFG OVC002 M08/M09 A2984 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1/4 SLP160 I3000 T10831094 57003=
KDEN 281430Z 29003KT M1/4SM R35L/1400VP6000FT FZFG OVC002 M08/M09 A2983 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1/2 T10831089=
KDEN 281418Z 29006KT 1/8SM R35L/1200V1600FT FZFG VV002 M08/M09 A2984 RMK AO2 TWR VIS M1/4 T10831094=
KDEN 281402Z 29008KT 1/4SM R35L/1400V1800FT FZFG VV002 M09/M09 A2985 RMK AO2 T10891094=
KDEN 281353Z 30006KT M1/4SM R35L/1600V2200FT FZFG VV002 M09/M09 A2985 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1/4 SLP164 I1000 T10891094=
KDEN 281253Z 29005KT 1/8SM R35L/2400V4500FT FZFG VV002 M09/M09 A2985 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1/4 SLP164 I1000 T10891094=
KDEN 281153Z 29003KT 1/2SM R35L/P6000FT BR BKN004 BKN160 M09/M10 A2985 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 3 SLP166 T10891100 11089 21106 56015=
KDEN 281143Z 27008KT 4SM BR BKN004 BKN160 M09/M10 A2986 RMK AO2 T10941100=
KDEN 281053Z 27008KT 4SM BR FEW004 BKN160 M09/M10 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP170 T10941100=

Metars Colorado Springs:
KCOS 281754Z 06003KT 10SM BKN007 M03/M07 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP166 4/002 933003 T10331067 11028 21078 58003 $=
KCOS 281654Z VRB03KT 5SM BR OVC005 M04/M06 A2989 RMK AO2 SLP172 T10391061 $=
KCOS 281641Z VRB03KT 3SM BR OVC002 M04/M06 A2990 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 6 T10441061 $=
KCOS 281554Z VRB03KT 1/4SM R17L/1200V2000FT BR VV002 M04/M06 A2989 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 3/4 SLP173 T10441056 $=
KCOS 281513Z 08003KT 1/4SM R17L/2000V4000FT FZFG VV002 M04/M06 A2988 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1/2 T10441061 $=
KCOS 281454Z 08003KT 1/2SM R17L/4000VP6000FT BR OVC002 M04/M06 A2988 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 1 1/2 SLP172 T10441061 56010 $=
KCOS 281354Z 09004KT 8SM OVC003 M04/M06 A2990 RMK AO2 SLP177 T10441061 $=
KCOS 281341Z 09005KT 9SM OVC003 M04/M07 A2990 RMK AO2 T10441067 $=
KCOS 281319Z 08007KT 10SM BKN004 OVC200 M05/M07 A2988 RMK AO2 T10501072 $=
KCOS 281303Z 05006KT 10SM BKN005 OVC200 M07/M09 A2989 RMK AO2 T10671094 $=
KCOS 281254Z 06006KT 10SM FEW005 BKN200 M07/M09 A2990 RMK AO2 SLP184 T10671094 $=
KCOS 281238Z 05003KT 10SM FEW005 BKN200 M07/M09 A2989 RMK AO2 T10671094 $=

Metars Pueblo:
KPUB 281753Z VRB03KT 10SM CLR 01/M05 A2991 RMK AO2 SLP147 T00061050 10006 21050 55004=
KPUB 281653Z 00000KT 10SM CLR 00/M04 A2990 RMK AO2 SLP148 T00001044=
KPUB 281553Z 00000KT 10SM CLR M01/M04 A2992 RMK AO2 SLP154 T10061044=
KPUB 281453Z 29004KT 10SM CLR M03/M05 A2992 RMK AO2 SLP160 T10281050 55003=
KPUB 281353Z 09005KT 10SM SCT090 M04/M06 A2991 RMK AO2 SLP158 T10441061=
KPUB 281253Z 30005KT 10SM FEW100 M04/M06 A2992 RMK AO2 SLP162 T10391056=
KPUB 281153Z AUTO 29004KT 10SM BKN110 M04/M06 A2993 RMK AO2 SLP163 T10441056 11022 21044 58007=

Metars Gunnison:
KGUC 281856Z AUTO 10014KT 10SM CLR 05/M03 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP103 T00501033=
KGUC 281756Z AUTO 10010G17KT 10SM CLR 04/M04 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP113 T00391039 10039 21056 55001=
KGUC 281656Z AUTO 10015KT 10SM FEW060 02/M03 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP114 T00221033 FZRANO=
KGUC 281556Z AUTO VRB03KT 10SM CLR 01/M04 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP120 T00111044 FZRANO=
KGUC 281456Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR M04/M07 A2988 RMK AO2 SLP139 T10441072 53015 FZRANO=
KGUC 281356Z AUTO 03004KT 10SM BKN060 M05/M08 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP136 T10501078 FZRANO=
KGUC 281256Z AUTO 04006KT 10SM CLR M03/M07 A2983 RMK AO2 SLP121 T10331072 FZRANO=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 28, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-1612

Aircraft Registration
N37298

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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