United Flight Evacuated After Landing Gear Tires Blow Out

Aug 28, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A United Airlines flight landed safely at Denver International Airport (DEN) on Monday night, after two of the tires on the Boeing 737 blew out after touching down.

United flight 448 from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) landed at DEN before the flight crew discovered the issue with the tires, the airline told the AP. According to United, the tires flattened after landing, and the aircraft was stopped on the taxiway. The 165 people on board were evacuated from the plane and bussed the rest of the way to the terminal. No injuries were reported, and United apologized to its customers for the inconvenience.

Although tires blowing out on a plane can be startling, but it’s really not that dangerous, according to aviation experts.

Aviation expert and pilot Patrick Smith told TPG that blown-out tires are “way, way down on the list of hazards” for modern aircraft. “The trick is to land at the slowest speed as possible and hold off pressure,” Smith said.

This isn’t the first time an aircraft has made a high-profile landing with blown-out tires this month. Just last week, a private Gulfstream Aerospace GLF-4 carrying rapper Post Malone blew out its front two tires upon takeoff from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) on Aug. 21. The public watched with much anticipation as the small jet circled the Northeast to burn off fuel before safely diverting and landing at New York’s Stewart Airport (SWF).

Video of a plane in Peru landing with no front wheels also went viral last week. The shower of sparks created by the belly of the plane scraping along the runway makes for dramatic video, but it is not all that treacherous, the experts insist.

To learn more about landing an aircraft with no tires, read this Q&A on the topic by TPG editor-at-large, Zach Honig.

Featured image by Richard Rosenblatt via The Denver Post.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.