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United 757 Diverts to Grand Junction After Engine Shut Down

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — An engine shut down on a United Airlines jetliner Sunday, forcing it to make an emergency landing in western Colorado with 125 passengers and crew on board. The Boeing 757 was flying from Denver to Los Angeles when one of its two engines shut down, and the flight was diverted to Grand Junction Regional Airport, typically a landing spot for smaller aircraft. (www.washingtonpost.com) 更多...

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aetty
how did it happen
davysims
David Sims 0
I've been diverted to GJ on a UA 757 before.
davysims
David Sims 0
And I highly doubt they had trouble finding stairs, as one passenger claims. They have no problem handling 757s there.
dbaker
Incident flight:http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL321/history/20111211/1718Z/KDEN/KLAX
Recovery flight: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL9941/history/20111211/1915Z/KDEN/KGJT
KauaiGolfer
KauaiGolfer 0
Rob, the photo you're seeing is simply poorly chosen stock footage of a 757-300. The actual aircraft involved was a 757-200, painted in United's old Battleship grey" colors. Just one more instance of the news media screwing up the facts in an aviation related story.
canuck44
canuck44 0
Huffington Post = news media? Who knew?
tskubal
Local news coverage:
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/12/11/jetliner-with-engine-out-lands-safely-in-colorado/

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/29972463/detail.html
RobSJC
It would appear from a photograph produced of the landing, that the right engine was an an angle, quite unusual from the norm. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/11/jetliner-with-engine-out-_0_n_1142113.html?ref=travel&icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl2%7Csec3_lnk1%7C119290
ibock
Ian Bock 0
Pretty sure 757's land there during the ski season. Not too big a deal.
dbaker
Yes, daily B752 arrivals.

Looking back over the years, it's received visits from 767s (B762/B763/B764) and very frequent B727 service
KauaiGolfer
KauaiGolfer 0
With a 10,501 foot runway, it's not like they had to squeeze it in there. And the field elevation is lower than Denver. This is a non-event.
tskubal
The local news report indicated that the biggest issue for the arrival was to find a portable stairwell that was tall enough to reach the door.
bayinstructor
Don Imus 0
Daniel, thanks for the information. It is helpful and insightful.
dasfoultier
Grand Junction has no 757 ski buses scheduled. It does have Fedex flying daily 757 cargo. We have seen many visits from Airforce 1 and Prince Bandar's A340.
grinch59
Gene Nowak 0
Question: If, as the one report states, trouble began shortly after takeoff, why didn't the pilot return immediately to Denver?
dasfoultier
The flight map Daniel included above shows them turning over Blanding Utah.
canuck44
canuck44 0
10,000+ foot runway and semi-regular service with MD80s. Diverting to San Diego would be more traumatic on a single engine.

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