United Airlines Boeing 767 fuselage bends after rough landing

A United Airlines Boeing 767 sustained heavy damage to its fuselage after a hard landing at IAH
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A United Airlines Boeing 767 suffered significant damage to its fuselage after a hard landing in Houston, Texas, the United States. 

The Boeing 767-300ER, registered as N641UA, was operating flight UA702 from New York Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on July 29, 2023, when the incident occurred upon landing. 

According to the United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) system, the wide-body jet “made a hard landing” and a post-flight inspection “revealed damage to the fuselage”. 

Pictures shared on the social media site Reddit showed a huge bend in the 767’s forward fuselage. 

Rough United landing at IAH over the weekend buckles a 767
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No injuries to the 193 passengers or 11 crew members were reported onboard the flight, data from the ASIAS system showed. 

The aircraft landed at IAH at 10:35 am local time (UTC +5). At 10:53 am local time (UTC +5) the airport’s Meteorological Aerodrome Report (METAR) showed wind blowing from 150 degrees true at a speed of 3 knots, with, per flightradar24.com data, visibility at 10 statute miles and no rain. 

The Boeing 767-300ER has remained on the ground at IAH since landing.  

“United flight 702 landed in Houston on Saturday and all customers deplaned normally. We’re working with the NTSB and FAA and conducting our own investigation to understand the details of this landing,” a United Airlines spokesperson said in an email to AeroTime. 

The airline spokesperson added that the aircraft currently has no scheduled flights out of IAH. 

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