Atlas Air 747 Santiago-Miami Suffers Problem After Departure

Atlas Air 747 Santiago-Miami Suffers Problem After Departure

It has emerged that an Atlas Air Boeing 747 Freighter from Santiago to Miami is holding to the west of the Chilean airport following a problem onboard.

Atlas Air 747 Santiago-Miami Suffers Problem After Departure
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5Y8028 is the affected flight, with this being operated by N856GT.

Updates: Atlas Air 747 To Santiago-Miami Suffers Problem After Departure…


This is a developing story. Updates below.

Atlas Air 747 Santiago-Miami Suffers Problem After Departure

UPDATE #1 @ 2324 UK time – Not long after departure from Santiago, Atlas Air flight 5Y8028 to Miami deviated from it’s route and proceeded to hold, and is still doing so. The reason for this is unknown currently.

UPDATE #2 @ 2325 UK time – Footage from @juanpghi shows the aircraft dumping fuel whilst it is in it’s holding pattern. Again, the cause for this is still unknown!

UPDATE #3 @ 2326 UK time – As per data from Planespotters, N856GT (The aircraft involved in this), is a 12.1 year old Boeing 747-8 Freighter that started out life with Global Supply Systems back in November 2011.

The aircraft was handed over to Atlas Air back in May 2014, and then onto Polar Air Cargo and DHL between October 2014 and February 2017, before being handed back to the carrier by March of that year.

Atlas Air 747 Santiago-Miami Suffers Problem After Departure

UPDATE #4 @ 2333 UK time – 5Y8028 looks to be coming out of it’s hold, with the fuel dumps complete by the looks of it.

UPDATE #5 @ 2336 UK time – Atlas Air flight 5Y8028 originally bound for Miami, looks to be getting itself ready for the diversion back into it’s departure field of Santiago.

UPDATE #6 @ 2340 UK time – Key to note that the crew have not broadcasted the 7700 squawk call during this incident. However, ATC have asked for information such as souls on board, cargo onboard etc, so it’s being treated as an incident.

UPDATE #7 @ 2345 UK time – 5Y8028 is now on final approach back into Santiago following a series of holds to dump fuel by the Miami-bound flight.

UPDATE #8 @ 2354 UK time – TOUCHDOWN! 5Y8028 has appeared to have touched down safely into Santiago, Chile, following a series of holds to dump fuel. As soon as the issue has been identified, we will update you accordingly.

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