A United Airlines Airbus A321 departing from Chicago O’Hare for Las Vegas, NV made a precautionary return to land at Chicago, following an engine failure as the aircraft climbed to cruising altitude not long after its departure on January 24.
United Airlines UA777 Chicago – Las Vegas
United Airlines flight UA777, an Airbus A321-271NX operating from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Las Vegas Harry Reid International airport (LAS) was conducting its initial climb out the outbound track after takeoff from ORD when the flight crew experienced an engine failure.
The aircraft was on climb through FL200 (20,000 feet) when the incident occurred, and flight crew subsequently shut the failed engine down.
Precautionary return ORD
With the aircraft still in the Chicago region at the time of the engine shutdown, the decision was made to initiate a precautionary return to Chicago O’Hare.
The aircraft did not declare a formal emergency and proceeded to make its return under normal flight operating procedures.
Flight data for the January 25 UA777 service to Las Vegas (LAS) shows that the flight made its departure out of ORD at 1016 local time, before setting course normally on the westerly route for Nevada.
The flight crew subsequently terminated the climb at flight level FL210 before negotiating a return to ORD.
The aircraft then continued its descent for a precautionary return, and the subsequent landing was made without further incident at approximately 30 minutes after initial departure time.
The aircraft conducting the service was an Airbus A321-271NX registered N14503. The narrowbody Airbus aircraft had only commenced service with the carrier 42 days prior to the engine failure incident.
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