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Miami, Florida – On Thursday night, a Boeing 747 cargo jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Miami International Airport due to a softball-sized hole near one of its engines. The airline reported that Flight 95 safely landed following an “engine malfunction.” Video footage is circling social media of the aircraft over Miami seemed to depict sparks trailing behind it.
The cargo plane was emitting flames mid-air shortly after it took off. The Atlas aircraft was forced to make a landing as soon as possible. Investigators say that the aircraft made it back safely. The aircraft touched down at approximately 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time following the crew’s report of an “engine failure,” as confirmed by the Federal Aviation Administration, currently conducting an investigation. In the Air Traffic Control transmission, the pilot urgently declares, “Mayday, mayday… Engine fire,” and subsequently requests permission to return to the airport. The pilot later mentions having “five souls onboard.”
On Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced the initiation of an investigation into the incident. The board is actively gathering information to assess and define the extent of the probe. Boeing identifies the engine manufacturer as GE Aviation. ABC News has contacted the company for a statement. According to the FAA, the aircraft was en route to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico at the time of the incident. In 2017, U.S. passenger airlines ceased operating the 747, with the aircraft subsequently repurposed as a freighter for Atlas Air. Against this backdrop, Boeing faces scrutiny following an incident on January 5 when the door plug of a Boeing 737 Max 9, operated by Alaska Airlines, detached mid-flight from Portland International Airport.
Shortly after takeoff, Flight 1282 experienced the blowout of the door plug, leading to cabin depressurization and exposing passengers to open air at high altitudes. Passengers captured footage revealing a void where the door plug had dislodged. Despite the emergency, the plane executed a safe landing, with no reports of serious injuries among passengers or crew.
As a precaution, all Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft equipped with a plug door are currently grounded until the FAA assesses each one’s safety for resumption of operations. This precautionary measure impacts approximately 171 planes globally. Boeing has expressed its commitment to “fully cooperate and maintain transparency” in collaboration with the FAA and the NTSB during their investigations.