United Airlines Grounds Entire Fleet Of 757s
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — “Unscheduled maintenance” is a phrase that can strike fear into airline passengers.
United Airlines was forced to fix its entire fleet of 757 jets on Tuesday night. All the aircraft were grounded, at least temporarily, to take care of a system update, reports CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.
The resulting cancellations left some passengers stuck at LaGuardia Airport.
Joseph Rodriguez and his friends were supposed to heading home to Montana, but instead they were heading to a Queens hotel after their flight was grounded.
“It makes for a really long day. We’ve been here four, five hours. Pretty frustrating,” Rodriguez said.
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The frustration occurred late Tuesday when United grounded its Boeing 757s after discovering it hadn’t properly followed Federal Aviation Administration guidelines in checking modifications to air data computers, which feed air speed, air pressure and other indicators into the auto pilot and other cockpit functions…… continued
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