Dog Poop Onboard: United Flight Houston-Seattle Diverts to Dallas

Dog Poop Onboard: United Flight Houston-Seattle Diverts to Dallas
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Earlier last week, it was revealed that United Airlines flight between Houston and Seattle had to divert to Dallas due to the presence of dog poop onboard.

It is understood that this incident happened in the first class aisle of the Boeing 737-900.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

UA422 – Houston to Seattle: Dog Poop Diversion to Dallas…

Dog Poop Onboard: United Flight Houston-Seattle Diverts to Dallas
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Eddie Maloney from North Las Vegas, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

United Airlines flight UA422, which was affected by dog poop onboard and a diversion to Dallas, is a routine scheduled flight between Houston and Seattle.

The aircraft involved in the messy incident was N73406.

As per data from, N73406 is a 22.6 year old Boeing 737-900 aircraft that started out life with Continental Airlines back in September 2001.

Following it’s merger with United Airlines, the aircraft was placed on the UA register in October 2010.

Of the 737-900 variant, UA has 12 of them, of which 11 are in active service and one is parked.

Furthermore, average fleet age for the variant stands at 22.6 years.

United Airlines flight UA422, the flight affected by dog poop onboard, departed Houston at 1616 local time on April 5 and proceeded northbound to Seattle.

The aircraft got as high as 32,000 feet before the incident of the dog pooping in the first class cabin.

From there, a rapid descent was made into Dallas Love Field, where the aircraft landed without further incident.

As per The Huffington Post, the cabin crew onboard were praised for their efforts in dealing with the incident.

Grounded for the Rest of the Day?

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Data from RadarBox shows that N73406 was grounded for the rest of the day following the incident.

It was back in service the next day, operating the Seattle-Houston rotation, so the aircraft must have positioned overnight.

This was quite a unique incident, and is a string of such instances that is happening on United flights.

As well as the incident involving UA422 between Houston and Seattle via Dallas was on a long-haul flight.

On March 31, a toilet overflowed on a United Airlines 777 between Frankfurt and San Francisco.

All eyes will be on any additional incidents of this nature onboard the airline’s aircraft.

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