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United Rebukes Pilots for Lapses in Safety Protocol


United Airlines, the world’s second-largest carrier, sent a stern warning to its pilots over lapses in safety protocol prompted by “major safety events and near misses” in the previous weeks.

In a letter sent to aviators Jan. 9, United cited four separate incidents, including one episode in which a pilot had to perform an emergency maneuver after getting too low to the ground. Another involved an airplane dropping below its preferred fuel level after deviating from the flight plan. The memo was signed by Howard Attarian, senior vice president of flight operations, and Michael Quiello, vice president of corporate safety.