A Boeing 747 cargo plane operated by the American airline Atlas Air made an emergency landing in Miami late on Thursday after an engine malfunction occurred shortly after take-off, the company told AFP on Friday.
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The plane landed “safely after an engine malfunction occurred shortly after departure,” an Atlas Air spokesman said in a statement.
“The crew followed all standard safety measures and returned safely to Miami Airport,” he added, indicating that the airline would investigate the causes of this disruption.
‼️Emergency repatriation of a Boeing 747-8 to Miami
🔸The Atlas Air cargo plane performed the flight #5Y95 to San Juan
🔸An engine problem forced the aircraft to turn around and rest safely 14 minutes after takeoff #Safety first pic.twitter.com/Xv59rXb4pm
— Aero Gazette ✈️ (@AeroGazette) January 19, 2024
The American Civil Aviation Authority (FAA) confirmed the incident on the flight to Puerto Rico and announced that it would open an investigation.
At AFP's request, the Boeing Group referred the matter to the airline.
The American aviation giant is officially under investigation by the FAA over a possible failure in its quality controls following an incident involving a 737 MAX 9 in early January.
During an Alaska Airlines flight connecting Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California, a door separated from the cabin of a Boeing 737 MAX 9. The incident caused only minor injuries and the aircraft was able to land safely at its original airport.
The FAA has grounded Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft in the United States until further notice and launched an investigation into the incident, the first major aviation safety issue involving a Boeing aircraft since the deadly 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 a long shutdown of the aircraft.