Passengers Gain Access to United Airlines Boeing 757 Cockpit

Passengers Gains Access to United Airlines Boeing 757 Cockpit
Photo Credit: Laurent ERRERA from L'Union, France via Wikimedia Commons.

Last week, it was revealed that United Airlines and the FAA have started an investigation over passengers gaining access to the cockpit of a Boeing 757.

Information came to light over the weekend surrounding this incident.

Here is what we know so far…

The Incident: Passengers & Access to a United Airlines Boeing 757…

It is understood that this incident took place on April 10 via a charter flight on the United Airlines Boeing 757.

The airline was operating a Major League Baseball charter flight for the Colorado Rockies.

Furthermore, such a flight was between Denver and Toronto.

Video that has surfaced shows one passenger sat down in the captain’s seat of the United Airlines Boeing 757-200.

Video sourced from @aviationbrk on X!

It is understood a total of two passengers were allowed access to the cockpit.

There has been widescale discussion into whether this would have been allowed under the rules of charter flights.

However, it is understood that the pilots have been suspended following a review of the incident.

Statement from the Airline…

Passengers Gains Access to United Airlines Boeing 757 Cockpit
Craig Sunter from Manchester, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Following this incident regarding the passenger gaining access to the United Airlines Boeing 757 cockpit, the airline said the following in a statement:

“We’re deeply disturbed by what we see in that video, which appears to show an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude while the autopilot was engaged.”

“As a clear violation of our safety and operational policies, we’ve reported the incident to the FAA and have withheld the pilots from service while we conduct an investigation.”

All eyes will be on the outcome of this investigation.

If the pilots have committed serious wrongdoing, then this could result in dismissal from United Airlines.

With the passenger gaining access to the United Airlines aircraft, scrutiny of the pilots continue.

As soon as we have more information pertinent to this, we will update you accordingly.

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