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United Flight Returns to Hartford After Engine Cover Incident

United flight returns to Hartford after engine cover detachment, prompting FAA investigation amid ongoing safety concerns.

A United A320 aircraft (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

A United Airlines flight traveling from Hartford, Conn. to Denver was forced to return to Bradley International Airport on Thursday morning after experiencing an in-flight incident.

Abnormal Noise Prompts Return

An Airbus A320 carrying 124 passengers and five crew members reported hearing an “abnormal noise” shortly after takeoff, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA confirmed they are investigating the incident to determine the cause of the noise and ensure the safety of future flights.

United, in a separate statement, revealed that a piece of the sound-dampening outer liner, located beneath the engine cowling, was missing upon landing. This component is believed to have detached during the flight and was later found on the runway at Bradley International Airport.

The sound-dampening outer liner plays a crucial role in reducing engine noise for both passengers and those on the ground. While its detachment is not necessarily a critical safety issue, it does raise concerns about potential underlying problems with the engine itself.

Incident Adds to Scrutiny

This incident comes amidst ongoing scrutiny of United’s safety procedures by the FAA. Earlier this year, the airline faced criticism for a series of mishaps, including a detached fuselage panel during a flight and a wheel malfunction after takeoff on another aircraft. The agency and airline have been involved in an audit for several months following these incidents.

The diverted flight landed safely at Bradley International Airport.

Tolga Karadeniz


  • Tolga Karadeniz

    Tolga is a dedicated aviation enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. From an early age, his fascination with aviation went beyond a mere passion for travel, evolving into a deliberate exploration of the complex mechanics and engineering behind aircraft. As a writer, he aims to share insights , providing readers with a view into the complex inner workings of the aviation industry.

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