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Airbus A320, N463UA: Accident occurred December 23, 2020 in Houston, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

United Airlines Inc

Location: Houston, TX
Accident Number: DCA21LA058
Date & Time: December 23, 2020, 18:30 UTC
Registration: N463UA
Aircraft: AIRBUS INDUSTRIES A320-232 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 139 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N463UA
Model/Series: A320-232
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 134 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 139 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.816516,-95.442813 (est)


  1. Late reporting by the FAA, UA and NTSB.

    1. Can't determine if delayed unless you look in the 10 day rolling AIN report before the initial reporting date scrolls off. The content above is from the preliminary report in CAROL for DCA21LA058 in response to the initial report:

  2. "An aircraft accident is an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft that:
    • Occurs between when the first person boards the aircraft – with intention of flight – and the last person disembarks;
    • Results in death or serious injury;
    • Causes substantial damage to the aircraft."

    "an aircraft incident is an occurrence – other than an accident (no intention of flight) – associated with the operation of an aircraft that affects or could affect the safety of operations."
    Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 830, §830.2