United Airlines is recalling 1.8 million jet liners from the late 1980s and early 1990s due to a problem with the ductwork that connects the jetliner to the ground.
United Airlines is issuing a voluntary recall for a number of jetliners in the United States and Puerto Rico, starting at 8:00 a.m.
ET Wednesday and running through April 16.
United is asking pilots to contact their local flight attendants and cabin crew to verify the duct-tension issue before taking off.
The aircraft affected include:The United Airlines website does not list a specific model number, but the aircrafts are identified as:The airline is offering a replacement, a new, and an extended warranty for customers who bought an aircraft that was bought before December 31, 2015.
United says the duct is not connected to the jet engines.
“If this duct is affected, a warning may be given by the pilot before takeoff.
This warning may not be sufficient to prevent a plane from falling off the aircraft, and it may require additional actions to reduce the risk of the aircraft crashing,” the company said.
The airline says the plane was flown on Jan. 2.
“It is our understanding that the duct will not be connected to any engine, but is likely to be the case with other types of ducts,” United said in a statement.
United also says the flight attendants at the airport who checked the aircraft should have been alerted to the duct problem.
The pilot and cabin attendants who were checked should have checked the duct and found that it was not connected, United said.