United Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Returns To Amsterdam After Airframe Vibrations

United Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Returns To Amsterdam. Photo: Flickr

A United Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner returned to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) on July 2 after declaring a mid-flight emergency while it was above the UK due to airframe vibrations. 



The aircraft was operating flight UA2811 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The aircraft took off at 10.43am local time.

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, with registration N12010 was delivered to United Airlines in December last year and is currently only 6 months old.


The plane was over UK when it turned back. Photo: FlightRadar24.com

The six-month-old Dreamliner was enroute at FL330 just northwest of Manchester,England when the crew decided to turn around and return back to Amsterdam. 

The aircraft continued to fly at FL330 while setting the transponder code to general emergency. When the plane was back over the North Sea after checking Amsterdam Radar, the Amsterdam Air Traffic Control contacted the pilots to ask if they needed any assistance. 

The crew replied that they did not, without hinting to the nature of their problem prompting the return back to Amsterdam. 


The crew replied that they don't need any assistance. Photo: United Airlines



After the, pilots response the Amsterdam ATC asked why they had set the emergency code on their own. The crew replied that the previous Air Traffic controller had instructed them to set the code to a general emergency.

The crew were then instructed to return back to its initially assigned transponder code. After a handoff to a discrete frequency the crew informed the ATC that they had an airframe vibration and that it had since subsided.

The crew also informed the Amsterdam ATC that they had no problems and had full control of the aircraft.


The aircraft made safe landing after 100 minutes of departure. Photo: United Airlines

The aircraft then continued for a safe landing and landed safely on Amsterdam's runway 27 after about 100 minutes of departure. The aircraft taxied to the apron after landing.

The nature of the emergency is still unknown as of now. The cause of the vibration is also unknown.

An Amsterdam Schiphol Airport spokesperson described the matter as a standard procedure, saying: "The plane came back to Schiphol out of precaution, due to a technical cause."


The aircraft was performing a cargo flight. Photo: United Airlines



A United Airlines spokesperson said: "United cargo flight 2811 returned to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport today due to a technical issue."

"Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft," he added.

Many factors such as the deployment and retraction of the landing gear along with the extension of speed brakes and system malfunctions lead to vibration during flight.


United 787-9 returned to Narita on 2nd and 3rd July. Photo: United Airlines

This is the second incident with the involvement of United Being 787 Dreamliner, another United 787-9 Dreamliner returned to Tokyo 3 times in a row.

The aircraft returned back to Narita twice on July 2nd and once on July 3rd due to problem with its leading edge flaps. 

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3 Comments

  1. Boeing has a problem, and, they need to fix it...otherwise Good bye business... that’s all I can say...

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  2. You get the award for the most idiotic comment of the day.

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  3. Guess, the latest Boeings aren't safe aircrafts. Is it due to poor designs, or poor quality of materials or simply not enough safety checks or simply lesser quality materials in the quest to save or make more profits.

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