Atlas Air Flight 5Y95: Engine Fire and Safe Landing

An Atlas Air cargo aircraft, en route from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico, experienced an engine malfunction shortly after takeoff. The Boeing 747-8, registered as N859GT, was forced to return to Miami due to visible flames and engine issues.


The Incident

The aircraft took off from Miami at 10:32 p.m. ET. As it was climbing through about 2000 feet out of Miami's runway 09, the crew declared a Mayday, reporting a fire in the #2 engine (GEnx, inboard left hand). The engine emitted streaks of flames and sparks at regular intervals. The aircraft halted its climb at 3000 feet and returned to Miami for a safe landing on runway 09, approximately 15 minutes after departure.


The Response

Upon landing, the aircraft vacated the runway and stopped on taxiway T8 for checks by emergency services. After the checks, the aircraft taxied to the apron. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the incident, and no injuries were reported. A spokesperson for Miami International Airport confirmed to Newsweek that the Atlas Air flight landed safely just after 11 p.m.

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The Aftermath

A post-flight inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed a softball-sized hole above the #2 engine. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation into the incident. Both Boeing and General Electric have stated that they are supporting the NTSB in their investigation. Despite the alarming incident, the crew's adherence to standard procedures ensured the safe return of the aircraft to Miami International Airport, averting a potential disaster. The incident underscores the importance of rigorous safety protocols and the professionalism of the flight crew in handling emergency situations.

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