United B789 at Frankfurt on May 5th 2021, flaps problem

Last Update: May 5, 2021 / 20:00:55 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 5, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-46

Aircraft Registration
N25982

ICAO Type Designator
B789

Airport ICAO Code
EDDF

A United Boeing 787-9, registration N25982 performing flight UA-46 from Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was on approach to Frankfurt when the crew declared PAN PAN due to a flaps problem. The aircraft was vectored for an ILS approach to runway 25C. When the crew checked in with tower, tower advised emergency services were on standby, the crew advised they wouldn't need the emergency equipment, however, it would be a "long landing" because they were flying faster. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 25C at a higher than normal speed (166 knots over ground), slowed safely and taxied to the apron.

The emergency forced another aircraft to perform two unexpected 360ies, this aircraft received a lightning strike on final afterwards, see Incident: Lufthansa E190 at Frankfurt on May 5th 2021, lightning strike.

A replacement Boeing 787-9 registration N29975, initially assigned to perform flight UA-906, performed the return flight UA-47 on schedule.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 6.5 hours, then departed for flight UA-906 to Chicago O'Hare and is estimated to reach Chicago with a delay of 5 hours.

Metars:
EDDF 051150Z 25017KT 220V280 9999 -SHRA FEW014 FEW028CB 11/01 Q1007 TEMPO TSRAGS=
EDDF 051120Z 25017G31KT 9999 -SHRA FEW014 FEW028CB 08/01 Q1007 TEMPO TSRAGS=
EDDF 051050Z 26016KT 9999 FEW014 FEW028CB 09/01 Q1006 TEMPO TSRAGS=
EDDF 051020Z 27022G35KT 250V310 9999 -SHRA FEW014 SCT028CB BKN035 07/02 Q1007 TEMPO TSRAGS=
EDDF 050950Z 27017KT 240V300 9999 VCSH FEW012 FEW028CB BKN035 10/02 Q1006 RESHRA TEMPO TSRA=
COR EDDF 050920Z 26014KT 9999 -SHRA FEW012 SCT028CB BKN034 11/02 Q1005 RESHRA TEMPO TSRA=
EDDF 050850Z 25014G25KT 210V290 9999 SHRA FEW012 SCT028CB BKN032 08/02 Q1005 TEMPO TSRA=
EDDF 050820Z 23016KT 9999 SCT032 09/01 Q1005 TEMPO SHRA SCT030CB=
EDDF 050750Z 23016KT 9999 VCSH FEW014 FEW025CB SCT032 09/02 Q1005 RESHRA NOSIG=
EDDF 050720Z 22016KT 9999 VCSH FEW028TCU 09/01 Q1005 TEMPO SHRA=
EDDF 050650Z 24014KT 9999 FEW028 09/02 Q1005 BECMG 26020G30KT=
EDDF 050620Z 23017KT 9999 FEW028 08/01 Q1005 BECMG 26020G30KT=
COR EDDF 050550Z 23016KT 9999 FEW028 08/01 Q1004 BECMG 26020G30KT=
EDDF 050520Z 23013KT CAVOK 07/01 Q1004 NOSIG=
EDDF 050450Z 23012KT CAVOK 07/01 Q1004 NOSIG=
EDDF 050420Z 23011KT 9999 FEW026 06/01 Q1003 NOSIG=
EDDF 050350Z 23011KT 9999 FEW026 07/02 Q1003 NOSIG=
EDDF 050320Z 22011KT 9999 FEW026 07/02 Q1003 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 5, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-46

Aircraft Registration
N25982

ICAO Type Designator
B789

Airport ICAO Code
EDDF

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