Boeing cargo plane makes emergency landing in Miami after ‘engine failure’
A Boeing cargo plane bound for Puerto Rico was diverted Thursday night after taking off from Miami International Airport due to an engine problem, according to official data and flight data. The incident represents another potential setback for Boeing, which has been in the spotlight in recent weeks over quality control concerns.
Atlas Airlines Flight 5Y095 landed safely after experiencing an “engine failure” shortly after departure, the airline said early Friday.
The company said in a statement that “the crew followed all standard procedures and returned safely” to the airport. “At Atlas, safety is always our top priority and we will conduct a thorough inspection to determine the cause.”
It was not clear what type of cargo the plane was carrying.
Data collected by FlightAware, which tracks flight information, showed that the plane was a Boeing 747-8 that left its gate at Miami International Airport at 10:11pm on Thursday and returned to the airport about 50 minutes later. The website also showed that the plane traveled 60 miles in total.
A Boeing spokeswoman said early Friday that the company was deferring comment to Atlas Air; The Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate the matter.
Atlas Air, which started in 1992 and is headquartered in New York, claims to operate the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighters, according to its website. The company also provides customers with a selection of aircraft, including Boeing 777 and 737 aircraft, for cargo and passenger operations.
Problems began mounting for Boeing in late December when it urged airlines to inspect all 737 MAX planes for a possible loose bolt in the rudder control system after one airline found a bolt missing during routine maintenance.
The company’s problems escalated in early January after a door panel on a 737 Max 9 operated by Alaska Airlines exploded, causing an emergency landing in Portland, Oregon. The Federal Aviation Administration then ordered 171 Max 9 planes to be temporarily grounded until they were thoroughly inspected. . Causing hundreds of flight cancellations and headaches for travelers.
On Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration officials said an initial round of inspections of 40 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes had been completed, but those and several others would remain grounded until the agency signed off on instructions for airlines to inspect planes.
Amid Boeing’s difficulties, Airbus, its longtime rival, stepped up and announced this month that it has delivered more planes and secured more orders than Boeing in 2023.