In a scary incident, a United Airlines flight descended towards the Pacific Ocean for 21 seconds shortly after takeoff and approached within 800 feet of sea level, according to a CNN report.
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It is based on flight tracking data, which revealed that the incident happened when United Airlines Flight 1722 took off from Hawaii on December 18 of last year. The site added that neither the airlines nor the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States claimed anyone was hurt during the event.
The scary dive happened a little more than a minute after takeoff, according to the CNN report. According to data from FlightRadar24, the plane plummeted more than half of its altitude, going from 2,200 feet to 1,425 feet.
More information from the data revealed that the flight resumed its ascent just above the island of Maui. It felt like you were climbing to the top of a roller coaster, according to Rod Williams, one of the passengers who were on board the Boeing 777 that day, told CNN.
That’s when it was. On the plane, there were several cries. Everyone was aware that something was unusual, or at the very least that this was out of the ordinary.
According to NBC News, the plane departed from Hawaii as storms and showers were moving across the area. Maui was subject to flash flood warnings on that particular day. At 9:03 p.m. local time, the flight had completed its route and was in San Francisco.
After landing in San Francisco, according to United Airlines, the pilots submitted the necessary safety report, NBC News said. The airline added that it worked with the Federal aviation administration(FAA) to conduct the inquiry and that following that, the pilots received extra instruction.
According to United, the two pilots who piloted the jet had a combined total of 25,000 hours of flight time. They also said they worked with investigators.
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Sumwalt, a retired 737 captain and the former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, commented on the incident to CBS News, saying, “The fortunate thing is you had two trained pilots who were able to act and keep this from becoming a big catastrophe.”
In addition, the source reported that 25 individuals were hurt on a flight out of Hawaii that day due to strong turbulence.
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