Chicago-bound United Flight Reports Air Data Issue

A United Airlines Boeing 737-800 on the taxiway.
Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A United Airlines flight from New York to Chicago reported an air data indication problem whilst on descent into Chicago O’Hare airport on 17 March.

United Airlines flight UA623, a Boeing 737-800, was operating from New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Flight crew reported the air data issue whilst conducting the descent into the destination.

United Flight UA623 New York-Chicago

A confirming statement by the Federal aviation Administration (FAA) following the event. “United Airlines Flight 623 landed safely at Chicago O’Hare International Airport around 10:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 17, after the crew reported an issue with the air data indication.”

“The Boeing 737-800 departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York.” The incident will now be the subject of an FAA investigation.

Flight data shows that United flight UA623 had made a normal on-time departure out of New York LGA at 0907 local time on Sunday morning.

The flight then set course and climbed to FL360 (36,000 feet) for the westerly service to Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD).

Report in Descent Phase

Having reported the issue whilst in the descent phase, the flight continued under normal operating procedures. Flight crew did not declare a formal emergency and the flight landed without incident.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the air data problem and haven’t confirmed the exact details as yet.

Boeing 737-800 N18223

The aircraft operating the scheduled service to Chicago was a Boeing 737-800 registered N18223. This is a 25-year-old narrowbody airframe belonging to the US carrier United Airlines.

N18223 originally commenced operations with United in October 2010, having previously served with Continental Airlines since December 1998.

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