Atlas Air 747 freighter suffers engine fire after Miami take-off

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An Atlas Air Boeing 747 freighter experienced an engine failure on departure out of Miami today. The aircraft had only just made its departure when it suffered an engine fire on its No 2 engine on climb out.

Atlas Air 5Y95 Miami – San Juan

Atlas Air Boeing 747-8, registered N859GT was operating as flight 5Y95 from Miami International Airport (MIA) to San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU), and experienced the engine on departure.

Video footage which surfaced on social media showed visible flames trailing from the freighter aircraft after takeoff from MIA.

Video via Twitter/X

Flight data shows that the flight, which made a departure at 22:33 EST had terminated the climb before reaching 4000 feet.

The aircraft subsequently conducted a circuit and made an immediate return to Miami MIA; landing on RWY09 approximately 15 minutes later.

Flight track of Atlas Air flight 5Y95 after suffering engine fire at Miami.

The aircraft involved in the incident was a Boeing 747-87UF cargo freighter, registered N859GT; an eight-year-old widebody aircraft belonging to the carrier Atlas Air. The flight was operated by a compliment of five crew members.

About Atlas Air

Atlas Air is currently the world’s largest operator of Boeing 747 widebody ‘jumbo jet’ aircraft, converted as air cargo freighters.

The carrier operates to more than 300 destinations worldwide, offering both express and time definite scheduled air services as well as charter ACMI Flight operations. With a proven track record, the operator has over 30 years operational experience.

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An Atlas Air Boeing 747-8 freighter was forced to return after experiencing an engine fire on departure out of Miami (MIA) earlier today.
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