United Flight To Salt Lake City U-Turns Back to Chicago

A United A320 in flight.
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Over the weekend, a United Airlines bound for Salt Lake City had to u-turn back to Chicago due to an oil problem.

This adds to the series of incidents that the airline has had over the course of the last seven days.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

UA2137 – Chicago-Salt Lake City…


United Flight To Salt Lake City U-Turns Back to Chicago
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United Flight To Salt Lake City U-Turns Back to Chicago
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United Airlines flight UA2137 is a routine scheduled flight between Chicago O’Hare and Salt Lake City.

The affected rotation, which u-turned back to ORD, was operated by N421UA.

As per data from Planespotters.net, N421UA is a 29.4 year old Airbus A320-200.

It was delivered to United Airlines back in December 1994. Of the ceo variants, UA have 89 in the fleet, of which 84 are in active service and five are parked.

UA2137 departed Chicago at 0944 local time on March 9, and headed west to Salt Lake City.

Upon reaching the Waterloo area, it is understood that the aircraft u-turned back to ORD.

Furthermore, UA2137 landed back into the airport at 1104 local time.

Reporting from The Aviation Herald states that there were oil warning indications onboard.

In a statement, the FAA said the following on this:

“United Airlines Flight 2137 returned safely to Chicago O’Hare International Airport around 11 a.m. local time on Saturday, March 9, after the crew reported a possible oil warning light issue.”

“The Airbus A320 was headed to Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah. The FAA will investigate.”

Recap on the Weeks’ Worth of Incidents…


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UA2137 between Chicago and Salt Lake City, which u-turned, is the sixth incident in a seven day period.

It has been quite a busy week for maintenance teams at United Airlines.

Firstly, a Boeing 737-900 in Houston suffered an engine stall issue not long after departure which landed safely.

After that, a Boeing 757-300 with United Airlines suffered an engine failure whilst enroute to San Francisco.

Not long after that, a wheel fell off a Boeing 777-200 in SFO as well, also resulting in a diversion to Los Angeles.

Fourthly, a United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 veered off the runway in Houston after landing as well.

Finally, a Airbus A320 from San Francisco to Mexico City diverted to Los Angeles due to a hydraulic issue.

In conclusion, this will no doubt be a week that UA will want to forget in terms of incidents.

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