United Airlines grounded 25 of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft after failing to inspect their wings

United Airlines revealed Wednesday it grounded about 25 of its Boeing 777-200 planes – just days before one of them was forced to turn back only minutes after taking off.

United grounded dozens of the planes after realizing that some of its aircraft had not undergone required inspections of the front edges of the wings, or the wing slats.

It led to the airline canceling flights on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Those passengers affected were rebooked.

But on Wednesday night, a 777-200 aircraft that had been cleared to fly was forced to turn back after taking off from Newark Airport in New Jersey following an issue with its hydraulic system. The wing slats are part of the hydraulic system. 

The FAA has launched an investigation into the incident but United has not commented if the issue is at all connected to the grounding of similar aircraft. 

The Federal Aviation Administration explained how United grounded 25 of the jets after discovering it had failed to inspect slats on the…

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