A United Airlines flight to Washington Dulles turned back to Barcelona following an issue onboard the aircraft.
Incident: United Airlines Flight To Washington U-Turns Back to Barcelona…
United Airlines flight UA991 is a routine scheduled flight between Barcelona and Washington Dulles, with the affected rotation being operated by N76055.
As per data from Planespotters.net, N76055 is a 22.8 year old Boeing 767-400, which was first delivered to Continental Airlines back in February 2001.
Following the merger by Continental, the aircraft was handed over to it’s new owner in October 2010 under the same registration.
Of the 767-400 variant, United Airlines has 16 of them, of which 14 are in active service and two are currently parked, with an average age of 22.2 years.
UA991 departed Barcelona El Prat at 1155 local time and proceeded westbound in the direction of Washington Dulles.
Upon reaching the Principado de Asturias area, a decision was made to turn the aircraft back to El Prat, where the aircraft landed safely nearly an hour after that turn took place.
According to sources in the area, it is understood the cause of this return back to El Prat was due to a technical issue, although this hasn’t been specified.
At the time of writing (1339 UK time), N76055 is still on the ground in Barcelona, with no indication into when it will be allowed to operate the flight back to Washington Dulles.
It is unclear whether a replacement aircraft will be sent to pick up the stranded passengers either.
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