United Airlines grounds 25 planes after missed inspections

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CHICAGO — United Airlines canceled about 18 flights this week when it realized that some of its Boeing 777-200 planes had not undergone required inspections of the front edges of the wings. The airline cancelled flights Monday night and Tuesday morning and stated that it is trying to rebook passengers who are still stranded.

The Federal Aviation Administration said United grounded 25 of the jets after discovering it had failed to inspect slats on the wing edges that are used during takeoffs and landings. The FAA stated that United reported the problem and is currently reviewing the circumstances that led to the missed inspections.

United stated late Tuesday afternoon it had inspected 10 the planes and was working closely with the FAA in order to return the other aircraft to flying within the next two weeks. The Wall Street Journal first reported the matter.

United’s Boeing 777-200s had been grounded until earlier this year by the failure of a Pratt & Whitney engine on one that caused parts of the housing to fall on the Denver area.

The planes can seat between 276 & 364 passengers according to United’s website. They are most commonly used for long international flights.

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