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United Flight Makes Rough Landing Due to ‘Mechanical Issue’

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A United Airlines flight traveling from Newark, New Jersey experienced a rough landing at Denver International Airport due to a mechanical issue on Sunday night.

No injuries were reported but passenger Scott Lowe told FOX31 that passengers heard a loud clunk and witnessed a massive cloud of sparks coming up on the left side of the plane upon touchdown.

According to Lowe, the captain told passengers that one of the plane’s landing gears may have collapsed.

United confirmed the incident in a statement, calling the cause a “mechanical issue.”

“United flight 2429 from Newark, New Jersey to Denver experienced a mechanical issue upon landing. All customers have been bussed to the terminal where our customer service teams are currently assisting them. The aircraft has been taken out of service and is being inspected by our maintenance teams,” said United spokeswoman Rachel Rivas.

Passenger Rick Wood—who served in the United States Army for 25 years—told FOX31 that Sunday’s rough landing was the most terrifying thing he has ever experienced.

Last week, a United flight traveling from San Diego to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico after a mechanical issue caused flames to shoot out of one of the plane’s engines.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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