INCIDENT: United 767 Engine Failure Over The Atlantic!

By Spyros Georgilidakis | March 28, 2022

The crew of a United flight had to divert when their 767 had an engine failure incident, on their way to Europe. There were no injuries.

INCIDENT: United 767 Engine Failure Over The Atlantic!
Photo: Olivier CABARET, CC BY 2.0

The incident happened on Monday the 28th of March. It involved United airlines flight UA-134, a service that the airline performs daily. It is from Newark Liberty International (KEWR) in the United States to Zurich Airport (LSZH) in Switzerland. On the day of the incident, the United 767 had 123 people on board. Also, the flight was about five and a half hours late, departing from Newark.

The flight’s takeoff and departure from Newark were uneventful, reaching FL350 in cruise for the transatlantic crossing. Later, the crew climbed further to FL370. But soon afterwards they reported problems with the aircraft’s right-hand engine. At the time of the incident, the United 767 had been in the air for a little over four hours. And it was still about 570 nautical miles west of Shannon, Ireland.

A United 767 in Newark


United 767 – A Transatlantic Incident

The exact nature of the engine failure is unclear at this time. But with just one good engine, the crew started drifting their aircraft to a lower altitude. They first levelled off at FL250, then at FL200. Shortly afterwards, they squawked an emergency, having decided to divert to Shannon Airport (EINN). This was about one hour after the United 767 first started drifting down from FL370 in the incident.

INCIDENT: United 767 Engine Failure Over The Atlantic!
The incident aircraft. Photo: Ganbaruby, CC BY-SA 4.0

The United crew prepared for a landing on Shannon’s runway 06. They made a safe landing, about half an hour after declaring the emergency, with emergency services standing by. However, the pilots had advised ATC that they would not need to stop on the runway for an inspection. As of this writing, the United 767 in this incident remains on the ground in Shannon.

The aircraft is a nearly 22-year-old Boeing 767-322ER, with registration N675UA. United appears to have been its only owner and operator since it entered service in August 2000. It has seats for 214 passengers. It appears that the aircraft got the latest United livery just this year, possibly undergoing some maintenance at the same time. However, the aircraft appears to have been in regular revenue service for over a week before this incident.



  • On April 11, flight UA-52, also a Boeing 767 by United to Zurich (LSZH), but this time from Washington (KIAD), was diverted back to Washington, turning around shortly after Newfoundland after three hours of flight. Listened to ATC (approach and tower) on arrival in Washington, but couldn’t gather any information about the reason of the divert. Although the aircraft had pushed back at Washington airport on time, it then taxied for almost one hour. What is going on with United’s 767s?

  • I saw this, flight departure had been delayed a very long time. Was this due to an engine problem?

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      Spyros Georgilidakis

      It could be, but we don’t know. I missed that delay though, good catch. It looks like they left over 5 hours late.

  • Replaced with a Ford TriMotor, given the age of United’s fleet.

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