(PatriotWise.com) — A United Airlines flight bound for San Francisco almost plunged into the sea after take-off. The Boeing 747 took off normally and rose to 2,200 feet before dropping to only 775 feet over the Pacific Ocean. The plane fell in altitude just one minute after departing from Kahului Airport in Maui but began to elevate again and found its cruising height of 33,000 feet before landing safely in San Francisco. It is one of several incidents involving airlines in the United States in 2022.
On the same day, December 18th, a second event occurred involving a Honolulu Airlines flight. The jet was coming in to land at Honolulu Airport, having flown from Phoenix, Arizona, when turbulence caused passengers to be heaved up from their seats. There were a total of 38 injuries, including 20 people requiring hospitalization. The youngest of those injured was a 14-month-old baby. A spokesman for Honolulu Airlines said, “Medical care was provided to several guests & crewmembers at the airport for minor injuries while some were swiftly transported to local hospitals for further care.”
Such incidents are rare in the United States, but there were a few notable occurrences in 2022. In June, RED Air Flight 203 crashed into an airport antenna on approach to Miami International Airport, causing injuries but no fatalities. In September however, a single-engine float plane crashed into the waters of Mutiny Bay near Seattle, killing 10 people. A couple of months later, in November, a mid-air collision in Texas resulted in 6 deaths.
So far, 2023 has seen a higher-than-usual number of incidents. At John F. Kennedy in New York in January, two planes almost collided due to a traffic control error. Clearance had been given to a Delta flight to the Dominican Republican just as another plane was using the same runway to take off for London. A similar event occurred in Texas in February when a cargo plane almost clashed with a passenger jet, again due to a traffic control error.
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