Atlas Air Boeing cargo plane suffers ‘engine malfunction,’ forced to make emergency landing in Miami

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A massive cargo plane was forced to make an emergency landing soon after departing from an airport in Miami as the aircraft suffered an “engine malfunction,” an airline official said.

Flight 5Y095, an Atlas Air Boeing 747-8 cargo plane, departed from Miami International Airport (MIA) en route to Puerto Rico on Thursday at approximately 10:11 p.m. ET. It soon began experiencing an engine malfunction, immediately turned back to MIA and landed safely within an hour, an Atlas Air spokesperson told Fox News.

“The crew followed all standard procedures and safely returned to MIA,” the statement read, noting safety is the company’s top priority. Atlas Air also said it will be conducting a thorough inspection to determine what caused the malfunction.

The plane was in the air for less than an hour. It is not immediately clear how many crew members were on board at the time.

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According to Reuters, several witnesses reported seeing flames coming from the plane’s left wing.

No injuries were reported. Fox News Digital reached out to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, but a response was not immediately received.

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Atlas Air plane parked on a tarmac

The aircraft involved was a Boeing 747-8, Flightaware data showed. It never climbed above 3,800 ft. during the abruptly ended flight.

Earlier in the month, an Alaska Airlines MAX 9 airliner made an emergency landing after it took off from Portland, Oregon as part of its fuselage broke off.

Plane flying, people watching

The incident prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to temporarily ground certain aircraft for safety checks.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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