Atlas Air Boeing 747 slams three engines into ground in Shanghai

An Atlas Air Boeing 747 suffered pod strikes to three out of its four engines, as the Jumbo attempted to land in Shanghai, China.

The Atlas Air 747, operated for DHL (registered N408MC) landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) on August 5, 2020, when the number one, two, and four engines suffered engine pod strikes during the landing phase.

The Boeing 747 freighter flew in from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN), South Korea. The aircraft managed to land in PVG but has sat on the ground at the airport since the incident on August 5. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) incident report reads that while the two crew members on board the aircraft suffered no injuries, the full extent of the damage to the Boeing 747F is still “unknown.”

“An Atlas Air 747-400 freighter landed safely in Shanghai,” stated an Atlas Air spokesperson. “Due to adverse weather conditions, the engine nacelles suffered light damage upon landing.  The aircraft taxied to its parking position and will undergo a full inspection,” added the representative.

Originally delivered to Atlas Air in December 1998, the 747F was wet-leased to the Dubai-based Emirates in 2001. The Boeing 747-400F then returned to Atlas Air in 2013.


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Rytis Beresnevicius
Journalist[br][br]Rytis is a journalist in AeroTime’s editorial team, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Originally joining the team in 2018, in 2021 he then went onto work in content creation in the logistics and IT sectors, before returning to AeroTime in 2022. He studied media and communications in both Denmark and
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