A Boeing cargo plane bound for Puerto Rico was diverted Thursday night after taking off from Miami International Airport due to engine failure, according to an official and flight data.
Atlas Air flight 5Y095 landed safely after experiencing “engine failure” shortly after departure, the airline said early Friday.
“The crew followed all standard procedures and returned to the airport safely,” the company said in a statement. “At Atlas, safety is always our top priority and we will conduct a thorough inspection to determine the cause.”
It is unclear what type of cargo the plane was carrying.
Data collected by FlightAwareThe flight tracking company showed the plane was a Boeing 747-8 that departed Miami International’s gate at 10:11 p.m. Thursday and returned to the airport about 50 minutes later. The website also showed that the plane traveled a total of 60 miles.
A Boeing spokesman said early Friday that the company was declining to comment on Atlas Air. The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Atlas Air, founded in 1992 and headquartered in New York, claims to operate the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 cargo aircraft. According to its website, The company also offers customers a selection of aircraft including Boeing 777 and 737 aircraft for cargo and passenger operations.
Industry attention has recently focused on quality control issues at Boeing. Problems began to mount for the company in late December, when an airline discovered that a bolt was missing a nut during routine maintenance, prompting the airline to recall all 737 Max airplanes for a possible loose bolt in the rudder-control system. Requested to inspect.
The company’s problems escalated in early January when a door panel on a 737 Max 9 plane operated by Alaska Airlines blew off, forcing an emergency landing in Portland, Oregon. The FAA then ordered the temporary grounding of 171 Max 9 aircraft until they were fully inspected. Due to which hundreds of flights were canceled and passengers had to face headaches.
On Wednesday, FAA officials said the initial round of inspections of 40 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes has been completed, though those planes and several others will remain grounded until the agency signs off on instructions to airlines to inspect the planes .
Amid Boeing’s struggles, its longtime rival, Airbus, has stepped forward, announcing this month that it has delivered more planes and won more orders than Boeing in 2023.