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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199994
Last updated: 21 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B739 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-924ER
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: N69810
MSN: 42744/4733
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Rockford, IL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR)
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD)
United Airlines flight UA246 was involved in an airprox incident with a glider near Rockford, Illinois, USA.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-924ER, was en route from Vancouver, Canada to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that the plane encountered a glider near Rockford, IL at 15:46 CT and was forced to climb more than 100 metres to avoid a collision.
ADS-B flight tracking data show that at that time, the aircraft was descending through an altitude of 6800 feet in the vicinity of Rockford (42.6 NM north-west of O'Hare). The flight then climbed to about 7000 feet and continued towards O'Hare, were it landed at 16:02 hours local time.

A passenger on board the flight described the event as followed: "the right wing suddenly dropped out of nowhere and we made an extreme right turn”. This may refer to a tight right hand circle flown by the aircraft at 15:39 hours. ADS-B data indicate that the aircraft remained at FL100 during that manoeuvre.



Photo of N69810 courtesy

Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International (KFLL / FLL)
18 February 2020; (c) Lewis Grant

Revision history:

27-Sep-2017 17:15 harro Added

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