On the 19th of January, a cargo plane flying over Miami was observed emitting flames into the sky, leading the pilots to execute an emergency landing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced its intention to scrutinize the incident involving Atlas Air. This inquiry comes in the wake of an ongoing investigation into Boeing, triggered by an Alaska Airlines aircraft’s emergency landing earlier this month due to a door stopper detachment from the fuselage.
According to a statement released by Atlas Air, Flight #5Y095, en route to Puerto Rico, experienced engine malfunctions shortly after departing from Miami but managed to land safely.
The crew safely returned to Miami International Airport (MIA) after adhering to standard protocols. As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the jet took off after 10 p.m. Eastern Time and touched down in Miami at 10:30.
A source, who chose to remain anonymous, relayed to the media that initial inspections of the engine revealed a gap above the #2 engine. A Miami resident shared a cellphone video on Instagram, depicting the aircraft with a trail of fire in its wake as it traversed the sky.
Atlas Air specializes in the transportation of perishable goods and heavy machinery among its various services. Their website indicates that they also manage the chartering of large groups of passengers, catering to dignitaries and celebrities.
The Miami incident is the latest among several involving Boeing. It has been two weeks since the occurrence with the Alaska Airlines jet, where a panel became dislodged mid-flight.
A directive from the FAA mandates the grounding of all 737 Max 9 aircraft due to an incident involving the sudden decompression of an airplane caused by the in-flight disappearance of a mid-cabin door plug. The FAA reported that 40 out of the 171 grounded aircraft had undergone successful inspections.