Moment United Boeing 777 loses tire on takeoff

United Boeing 777 loses tire on takeoff and hits cars on the ground

The aircraft departed San Francisco Airport on a flight to Osaka that ended up diverted to Los Angeles. There were no injuries

A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 lost one of its main landing gear tires shortly after taking off from San Francisco Airport on March 7.

The incident was recorded on video and shows the tire coming off seconds after the widebody left the ground. The piece ended up reaching
and damaging cars in an airport parking lot. There were no injuries.

Flight UA 35, bound for Osaka, Japan, ended up diverted to Los Angeles where it landed safely. There were 235 passengers on board, as well as 14 crew members.

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The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) stated that it is investigating the incident in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department.

Car that was hit by the tire that came off the Boeing 777 (Social media)

United Airlines thanked the crew for their professionalism and stated that the passengers would be accommodated on a new flight to continue their journey. According to the carrier, the Boieng 777-200 has “six tires on each of its two main gear struts” and that the “aircraft is designed to land safely with damaged or missing tires”.

Second such incident with United plane in 2024

The new episode of a tire coming off a commercial aircraft occurred 47 days after a United Airlines Boeing 757 went through a similar situation.


The aircraft was preparing to take off from Atlanta to Bogotá, Colombia when one of the landing gear tires came loose while still on the ground.

The crew was alerted by the pilot of another plane who was waiting to take off and ended up returning to the passenger terminal.


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