Mar 15, 2024 - Economy

Missing panel discovered after United's Boeing 737-800 lands

A United Airlines plane takes off

A United Airlines' Boeing 737-800 aircraft takes off from the Los Angeles International Airport on July 30, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

A missing panel was discovered after a United Airlines' Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed on Friday, the airline company confirmed to Axios.

The big picture: The incident happened as the Biden administration sought to reassure Americans of the Federal Aviation Administration's "increased safety oversight of Boeing," per CNN.

What they're saying: "This afternoon United flight 433 landed safely at its scheduled destination at Rogue Valley International/Medford Airport," United Airlines said in a statement to Axios.

  • "After the aircraft was parked at the gate, it was discovered to be missing an external panel," United added.
  • The flight traveled from San Francisco, California, to Medford, Oregon, on Friday.
  • United said it would "conduct a thorough examination of the plane and perform all the needed repairs before it returns to service" and "conduct an investigation to better understand how this damage occurred."

Zoom out: The missing panel comes amid a slew of recent investigations and safety questions surrounding Boeing aircrafts, which kickstarted after an Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 9 plane lost its exit door plug during a flight in January.

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