United Airlines' String of Mishaps Results in Further Scrutiny

In light of a recent series of complications concerning United Airlines, federal regulators have increased their scrutiny and surveillance.

A portion of the outer fuselage detaching from one jet, an engine fire, a plane skidding off the runway, and a tire failure during departure are a few of these incidents. All of that, along with additional issues, transpired within a span of one week earlier this month.

Sasha Johnson, vice president of corporate safety for United, stated that "multiple areas of our operation" will be scrutinized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Over the next several weeks, we will begin to see more of an FAA presence in our operation as they begin to review some of our work processes, manuals and facilities," she stated in a communication to staff members.

We welcome their engagement and are very open to hear from them about what they find and their perspective on things we may need to change to make us even safer.

United is a significant purchaser of aircraft manufacturer Boeing, which has been the subject of government regulators' scrutiny and investigation ever since the January 5 incident wherein a door panel detachment occurred during flight on an Alaska Airlines aircraft.

FAA oversight "focuses on an airline's compliance with applicable regulations; capability to identify hazards, assess and mitigate risk; and effectively manage safety," according to a statement from an agency spokesperson.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker stated that he discussed the issues with United CEO Scott Kirby. Kirby stated that the problems have been unrelated and do not constitute a pattern.

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