Kalitta Air 747 freighter from Miami diverts to Shannon

A Kalitta Air 747-400F freighter on the taxiway.
N509FZ, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400 freighter conducting a transatlantic long-haul service from Miami, Florida to Amsterdam was forced to make a precautionary diversion to Shannon, Ireland after receiving an on-board fire indication, on Wednesday 21 February.

Kalitta flight KA844, a Boeing 747 freighter operating from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) was approaching the Irish West Coast en route when operating crew received an on-board fire indication.

Kalitta Air KA844 Miami-Amsterdam

The flight had been in the cruise at flight level FL370 (37,000 feet) and approximately 600 nautical miles to the west of Ireland when the incident occurred.

Operating crew donned oxygen masks and carried out a precautionary diversion to Shannon Airport. According to a report in the Aviation Herald, the crew subsequently reported multiple system malfunction indications as they neared Shannon.

Diversion to Shannon

Subsequently the crew requested permission for high-speed operations below 10,000 feet, diverting around whether before making an instrument approach into the diversion airport.


Weather conditions for the flights arrival were marginal VFR (MVFR), and an ILS approach procedure was subsequently conducted.

Flight data for the service shows that Kalitta flight KA844 made a delayed departure out of Miami (MIA); showing an actual time of departure of 2055 local time against the scheduled departure time of 2000 local.

The transatlantic flight then proceeded normally, climbing to FL370, before experiencing the on-board fire indication and subsequently descending to the lower cruising level of FL250 (25,000 feet) and initiating the diversion.


The flight was subsequently met by emergency ground assets at Shannon, where it stopped on the runway for initial inspection before proceeding to the tarmac apron.

It is understood that crew reported that fire indication ceased upon landing; subsequently no trace of smoke or fire was detected upon further inspection.

The aircraft conducting the KA844 long-haul freight service to Amsterdam was a Boeing 747-400F freighter registered N767CK; an 18 year old converted widebody freighter belonging to the US cargo carrier Kalitta Air.

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