‘I thought it was about to fall from the sky’: Boeing 747 seen on fire over Miami

A Boeing 747 cargo plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Miami International Airport (MIA) after experiencing an engine malfunction shortly after departure.

US cargo airline Atlas Air said: “The crew followed all standard procedures and safely returned to MIA.”

Video on social media appeared to show flames shooting out of the left wing of the aircraft while in flight on Thursday.

A Boeing 747 cargo plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Miami International airport after an engine malfunction (Photo: Melanie Adaros)

Melanie Adaros, a hairstylist from Miami who posted a video in Instagram of the jet on fire, was walking with her mother when she saw it fly overhead. “I thought I was about to witness a plane falling out of the sky, it was very surreal,” she told i.

“I thought maybe it was going to emergency land at Tamiami airport because it didn’t appear to be descending but then it swerved and kept flying at the same level.”

She said she felt “horror … especially from all the plane malfunctions in the news recently”.

She called the airport and “they confirmed it landed safely at MIA [Miami International airport]”, she said.

The aircraft apparently involved was a Boeing 747-8, Flightaware data showed, powered by four General Electric GEnx engines.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and no injuries were reported. It was not immediately clear how many crew were on board.

Boeing declined to comment, while FAA and General Electric did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Boeing has been engulfed in a crisis since part of a cabin panel fell off an Alaska Airlines Max 9 plane shortly after take-off from Portland, Oregon, on Friday 5 January.

The US Federal Aviation Administration temporarily grounded 171 aircraft for safety checks after the accident.

Boeing shares are down about 15 per cent since the Alaska Airlines incident.

The plane maker delivered its final 747 to Atlas Air in February last year, although the famous jet will be around for decades to come.

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