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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 121699
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Registration: N462UA
MSN: 1272
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 107
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Newark Liberty International Airport -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:EWR
Destination airport:DEN
Investigating agency: NTSB
A United Airbus A320, registration N462UA, experienced multiple avionics and electrical failures, including loss of all communications, shortly after rotation while departing Newark (EWR). The flight returned for landing at EWR and electrical power was restored to the cockpit after landing when the flight crew selected the AC Essential Bus button. There were no injuries to the 107 passengers and crew aboard the airplane and no damage to the airplane.

Passenger account of the incident:
Right after take off flight UA731 leveled out at a very low altitude. The flight was very rough with the plane visibly torquing from front to back. The plane began a sharp bank to return to the airport and the captain came on to say they had experiences a "catastrophic failure" in the cockpit. The plane landed and rolled to a stop on the runway and was then towed back in to the gate. Once on the ground the Captain said they had lost electronics in the cockpit immediately after take off. The NTSB report provides additional detail.


I was a passenger on the flight.
Link to NTSB report referencing the incident:

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

12 Oct 2020 N462UA United Airlines 0 near Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD) min


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-08-53 issued 22 July 2008 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-08-54 issued 22 July 2008 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-08-55 issued 22 July 2008 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-08-56 issued 22 July 2008 by NTSB to EASA
Safety recommendation A-08-57 issued 22 July 2008 by NTSB to EASA
Safety recommendation A-08-58 issued 22 July 2008 by NTSB to EASA


Taken by the passenger next to me (in the window seat) of the emergency equipment rolled to meet the flight as it landed.

Revision history:

12-Apr-2011 14:57 ataratics Added
12-Apr-2011 15:24 ataratics Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2011 15:27 harro Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Cn, Total occupants, Nature, Source, Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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