It has been a nasty month to be Boeing as a sequence of incidents have led to a number of emergency landings.
A Boeing 747 cargo airplane started capturing sparks shortly after taking off from Miami Worldwide Airport Thursday evening and was pressured to make an emergency touchdown.
Atlas Air mentioned the incident was on account of an “engine malfunction quickly after departure” and confirmed that the plane landed safely with no accidents. The airplane was headed to Luis Muñoz Marin Worldwide Airport in Puerto Rico.
Melanie Adaros, who witnessed the incident and took the video footage that has since gone viral on social media, mentioned she noticed the airplane “swerving” and puzzled whether or not or not it was going to fall or explode.
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The airplane took off at 10:32pm and instantly circled again to land.
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“There’s at all times planes flying overhead, however they’re little planes,” Adaros informed the Related Press. “However this did not sound like just a little airplane. It sounded very low, so I turned … You at all times see a airplane going up or happening. This one was simply at a gradual stage and it was capturing sparks. It was very surreal.”
In a post-flight inspection, the FAA mentioned that it discovered a “softball-sized gap” close to the second engine of the airplane.
“We are able to verify that Flight 5Y095, a 747-8 cargo plane, has landed safely after experiencing an engine malfunction quickly after departure from Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA),” Atlas Air informed native outlet FOX 35 in a press release. “The crew adopted all customary procedures and safely returned to MIA. At Atlas, security is at all times our high precedence and we will probably be conducting a radical inspection.”
That is the third incident with a Boeing airplane this yr.
Earlier this month, an Alaska Airways airplane was pressured to emergency land after an emergency door panel blew out of the airplane mid-flight.
Simply days in the past, one other Boeing airplane needed to emergency land in Japan after a crack was discovered within the cockpit window 40 minutes into the flight.
Boeing was down just below 19% in a one-month interval as of Friday afternoon.