United Airlines A320 near Des Moines, hydraulics problem

A United Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N420UA performing flight UA-95 from Newark,NJ to San Francisco,CA (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 60nm north of Des Moines,IA, when the crew descended the airplane to initially FL350 and further to FL190 and diverted to Kansas City some 210nm southsouthwest of their position. The airplane landed safely 50 minutes after the decision to divert.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration N483UA reached San Francisco with a delay of 4.5 hours.

The FAA said, that the crew reported a hydraulics problem.

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Frank Holbert


Hydraulics are a common problem with the A320. It has very sensitive sensors that ensure that the system is working properly since the aircraft was the first major fly-by-wire aircraft and therefore there was no “feedback” to the flight crew.

However, these sensors often go bad which results in a lot of cancellations, returns to block, and diversions.