United Airlines Boeing jet loses wheel after take-off from Los Angeles

A United Airlines flight lost a main landing-gear wheel while taking off from Los Angeles, the airline said.

The Boeing 757-200, which was carrying 174 passengers and 7 crewmembers, later landed safely in Denver with no reported injuries.

“The wheel has been recovered in Los Angeles, and we are investigating what caused this event,” the statement from United said.

United Airlines has been hit by several incidents involving Boeing aircraft this year.

On 7 March, a United Boeing B777-200 jet lost a tyre mid-air after taking off from San Francisco.

It landed on a car in an airport employee parking lot. Nobody was hurt.

The same month, a United Airlines Boeing 777 from Sydney to San Francisco was forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a mid-air hydraulic leak.

United said flight 830 “returned to Sydney due to a maintenance issue” and the “plane landed safely and passengers deplaned normally at the gate”. Passengers were provided with overnight accommodation and rebooked on flights.

On 4 March, footage appeared to reveal an engine bursting into flames on United Flight 1118, a Boeing 737-900 en route from Houston to Fort Myers, Florida. The flight, which was carrying 167 passengers, had to make an emergency landing in Houston.