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Published on May 23, 2024
Boeing 737 MAX Concerns Renewed as United Flight from Boston Makes Unscheduled Landing in DenverSource: Unsplash/ Tim Gouw

A United Airlines flight from Boston to San Francisco was forced to make an unexpected descent into Denver on Tuesday, reigniting the disquiet surrounding Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft. The crew reported a potential mechanical issue, prompting the detour, as passengers on board Flight 625 faced an abrupt change in plans. According to a statement obtained by, the plane touched down safely at Denver International Airport with 177 passengers and seven crew members in tow at approximately 9:10 a.m.

Post-landing, passengers were provided with another aircraft to continue their journey, arriving later that afternoon in San Francisco. The Federal Aviation Administration has taken up the investigation into the incident which, adds a fresh episode to the Boeing 737's troubled narrative. The same model, a Boeing 737 MAX 9, has been the protagonist of safety concerns, particularly after an Alaska Airlines flight in January suffered the blowout of a door plug during flight, as reported by Mass Live.

Regrettably, the MAX has become somewhat synonymous with airline anxieties due to two deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019, that together claimed 346 lives and led to a global grounding of the fleet. Boeing later reached a $2.5 billion settlement with the Justice Department, which included a hefty fine, victim compensation, and reimbursements to airlines – a painful chapter in the legacy of the U.S. aerospace stalwart.

Investigations into the MAX's troubles have unraveled the tale of a flight-control system added obscurely without ample disclosure to pilots or airlines. Boeing downplayed the system's significance, resulting in drastic nonaction until after the second crash. What's more, the FBI has since stepped in, informing passengers from the Alaska Airlines flight that they might, in fact, be victims of a crime, according to insights by Mass Live.