2016-09-18 United A319 went off runway during line-up at Denver

2016-09-18 United A319 went off runway during line-up at Denver

2016-09-18 United A319 went off runway during line-up at Denver


During line-up for take-off, the Airbus A319 went off the side of the paved area.

Flight UA 296 from Denver, CO to Reno, NV was cleared for line-up and take-off from runway 25 at Denver International Airport.

When the pilots were about to steer right to get aligned with the runway centreline, the aircraft failed to respond to their steering inputs and went straight-ahead towards the edge of the runway. The pilots applied brakes but that was also to no avail. The A319 came to a stop when the nosegear already went into the grass.

ATC Recording:

US 296: „..we’re going off way, we lost brakes. United, turn right, turn right.“
Tower: „Tower 5978, you need any assistance?“
UA 296: „United 296, we lost brakes off the runway…25.“
Tower: „United 296, I‘ m still not understanding you, you say, you’re off the runway ?“
US 296: „Yes Sir, off the runway..(unintelligible).“
Tower: „Understand, you need emergency equipment, or just a tug ?“
UA 296: „We need a tug.“

(source: LiveATC.net)

There was no emergency evacuation. The passengers left via mobile airstairs and were bsused to the terminal again, where they boarded a back-up aircraft bringing them to their destination with a delay of about 3 hours. Nobody was hurt.


© M Higdon, Reno Gazette-Journal


© M Higdon, Reno Gazette-Journal


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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Airbus A319
Registration: N840UA
Age a/c: 15.3 years
Constr. No.: 1522

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2016-09-18 Time: 19:15
Location: KDEN DEN Denver International Airport
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: TXI – Taxi, Power Back
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: UA 296
From: KDEN/DEN: Denver International Airport To: KRNO/RNO: Reno Tahoe Intl
Type: Passenger
Operator: United Airlines

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 179th safety occurence for the operator
  • 147th safety occurence of type (A319)
  • 38th safety occurence at Denver Airport
  • X safety occurence for aircraft in question

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