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Thread: ATC Declares Emergency for 747

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    Question ATC Declares Emergency for 747

    CHICAGO, Illinois -- On Thursday, 2 January 2020, an Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 Flight 5Y-551 (Giant 551 Heavy) from New York's JFK airport to Chicago O'Hare was in the initial descent through FL320 towards Chicago when the crew reported they just had to shut down their number 2 engine. They did not declare an emergency. ATC told the crew they declared an emergency for them instead. The aircraft landed safely on Chicago's runway 28C about 40 minutes after reporting the engine failure.

    Listen to the ATC conversation here

    Is it normal for ATC to declare the emergency in lieu of the pilot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by okgood View Post
    Is it normal for ATC to declare the emergency in lieu of the pilot?
    No, and it doesn't make any sense from the pilots POV in this case.

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