United B763 near Edinburgh on Jul 13th 2016, fuel issues

Last Update: November 10, 2016 / 19:55:02 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 13, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Aircraft Registration
N642UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

A United Boeing 767-300, registration N642UA performing positioning flight UA-2081 from Edinburgh,SC (UK) to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 11 crew, was climbing through FL220 out of Edinburgh when the crew stopped the climb due to fuel issues and entered a hold at FL180. The aircraft subsequently returned to Edinburgh for a safe landing on runway 24 about 65 minutes after departure, vacated the runway and stopped. Attending emergency services reported a strong smell of fuel, the engines were shut down and the aircraft was towed to the apron.

The airline reported the aircraft, that was carrying 11 crew and no passengers, returned due to a mechanical issue.

The aircraft had diverted to Edinburgh with fuel issues the previous day, see Incident: United B763 near Edinburgh on Jul 12th 2016, suspected fuel issue.

On Nov 10th 2016 the AAIB released their bulletin combining the occurrences of Jul 12th and 13th 2016 reporting that a passenger notified the crew of a fuel leak at the right hand wing, the crew confirmed the leak was coming from the over the wing fuel filler cap. The aircraft returned for a safe landing and was towed to the apron, where passengers disembarked normally.

Maintenance replaced the fuel filler cap and no further leaks were observed over night.

The following day the aircraft departed for a ferry flight to Chicago with the same flight and cabin crew but no passengers on board, when cabin crew again detected fuel leaking from the right hand wing. Following return and landing maintenance detected a damaged O-ring in the over wing fueling port.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 13, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Aircraft Registration
N642UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

ICAO Type Designator
B763

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