/ 12 March 2024

Boeing hits more turbulence


The US aeroplane manufacturer is facing more scrutiny after a string of aviation incidents – one which saw more than 50 people on a flight from Sydney to Auckland treated by emergency services yesterday. Passengers say flight LA800, run by Chilean airline LATAM, dropped suddenly mid-air, causing at least 10 people to be hospitalised. In a statement, the airline said the plane – a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – experienced a “technical event” that caused “strong movement.” In a separate incident yesterday, a flight from Sydney to San Francisco was forced to turn around after experiencing a “hydraulics fault”. It’s the second hydraulics issue in a UA/Boeing plane in recent days after another flight from San Francisco to Mexico City made an emergency landing in Los Angeles, adding to 3 other safety incidents in the US over the past week. Fasten your seatbelts and stow your tray tables…

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