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US flight forced to divert after passenger spots alarming issue

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A passenger on a Boston-bound commercial flight witnessed the right wing of the plane falling apart midair, prompting an emergency landing in Denver.

The passenger, Kevin Clarke, recorded the incident on his cell phone and expressed relief upon landing safely in Denver and eventually reaching his final destination.

“I’m like bird strike? That’s not good,” passenger Kevin Clarke said. “We take off, I heard this loud buzzing noise, and then it faded away so I didn’t think much of it and all of a sudden the pilot is coming back, so I threw my window open, peeked out the window and the whole leading edge of the wing was destroyed.”

“First there was some panic, but the pilot had come back, looked at it, took some pictures of it, talked to the guys on the ground, said yup, proceed to Denver, shouldn’t be a problem,” said Clarke.

United Airlines confirmed the incident and stated that a different aircraft was arranged to take the passengers to Boston.

“United flight 354 diverted to Denver yesterday afternoon to address an issue with the slat on the wing of the aircraft,” a United spokesperson said. “The flight landed safely and we arranged for a different aircraft to take customers to their destination, which has since arrived in Boston.”

Clarke mentioned seeing possible evidence of bird strikes before the flight and praised United for their handling of the situation.

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