A United Airlines Boeing plane landed without an outer panel

An outboard crew member was missing from a Boeing United Airlines flight that landed in southern Oregon on Friday.

United Flight 433 took off from San Francisco at 10:20 a.m. and landed in Medford, Ore., around noon. According to United Airlines, the Boeing 737-800 was determined to be missing from its underside after the plane stopped at the gate of Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport.

The plane, which was carrying 139 passengers and six crew members, did not declare an emergency as there were no signs of damage during the flight.

In a statement to The Hill, the company said it would investigate the incident.

“We will thoroughly inspect the aircraft and make all necessary repairs before returning it to service. We will conduct an investigation to better understand how this damage occurred,” United said.

Airport director Amber Judd said no debris was found after the plane landed.

“Normal operations at the MFR resumed a few minutes later,” Judd told The Hill.

Boeing referred The Hill to United Airlines, which was contacted for comment on their fleet and operations.

The incident comes two months after a Boeing 737 Max plane operated by Alaska Airlines lost a door panel mid-flight. The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into the January 5 incident.

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