Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 747
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator: GTI-Atlas Air
Flight Number: GTI33
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19
N859GT ATLAS AIR FLIGHT GTI33 BOEING 747 AIRCRAFT ON DEPARTURE TIRES BLEW OUT, AIRCRAFT RETURNED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, INSPECTION REVEALED DAMAGE TO FUSELAGE, MIAMI, FL
ATLAS AIR INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N859GT
MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities shut down multiple roads surrounding Miami International Airport, Wednesday morning, after a cargo plane was forced to turn back due to mechanical issues.
The area of Northwest Seventh Street and Perimeter Road was shut down along with 57th Avenue and the Dolphin Expressway. Those roadways have since reopened.
According to Miami-Dade Police, the shut down was done around 8:30 a.m. as a precaution because of the 747 Cargo plane was returning with a blown out tire. The plane had been en route to Buenos Aires.
Dozens of Fire Rescue crews were on scene, ready to respond in case of an emergency.
7Skyforce flew over the scene as the plane landed, and smoke could be seen coming from the left landing gear. Spectators watched as the plane landed. "It's a good idea that they have safety procedures because that's a 747, it should be carrying a big load," said one spectator.
The plane landed on runway 27, which is the longest runway at the airport. All planes had to be removed from the runway to make room for the aircraft. Crews are now inspecting the runway to make sure there is no debris that could be potentially hazardous to any other aircraft taking flight.
No injuries were reported. The plane was taken off the property about 30 minutes after landing, and will go to maintenance.
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