A Boeing 747-400 UPS cargo ship reportedly slipped off the taxiway in Louisville, Ky. On Monday afternoon. The weather in the area was poor at the time. Fortunately, the damage to the aircraft was slight and the aircraft was back in the air the next day.
Bad weather in Louisville this Monday
Simon Hradecky reported the incident in The herald of aviation Tuesday. According to the report, the Boeing was taxiing to fly from Louisville to Trenton McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. The nose gear of the aircraft exited the asphalt taxiway and landed on the ground. The aircraft was not damaged and was towed onto the taxiway.
The Aviation Herald identifies the Boeing 747-400 as N575UP. He was operating flight 5X-1540. Flight data company, RadarBox, lists this flight departing Louisville just after 1:00 p.m. local time Monday.
Snow was falling throughout the day and the Boeing 747 was accessing runway 35L via taxiway B when the incident occurred. The aircraft allegedly slipped and the nose gear left the taxiway. At this point, part of the wing of the 747 was already over the runway. Air traffic control then closed the runway. The N575UP was pulled by a tug onto the taxiway and towed to the hangar.
There is no record of flight 5X-1540 operating on Monday. However, the Boeing 747-400 suffered little to no damage as it was back in the air the next day, using the same flight number and en route to New Jersey.
As the Boeing 747-400 do, the N575UP is a relative spring chicken. The plane is only 12.7 years old. He has spent his entire life in flight at UPS, landing there for the first time in June 2008. This is the first recorded incident involving the aircraft.
The aircraft is one of 33 Boeing 747-400 UPSs currently in operation. In total, UPS has 277 devices in its fleet. With such a large fleet and many planes much older than their 747s, there have been several minor incidents against the UPS fleet over the past six months.
Some minor incidents involving UPS planes in recent months
Earlier this month, a UPS Boeing 757-200 flights from Fort Myers to Huntsville turned around due to diverging airspeeds. Just after Christmas, another Boeing 757-200 UPS, this time at Louisville to San Juan declared an emergency after losing the left hydraulic system. On December 19, a UPS MD-11 flying from Louisville to Seattle returned to Louisville after fumes have been detected in the cabin and the crew had to put on oxygen masks. Earlier in December, a UPS Boeing 767-300 cargo plane departing Dublin to Cologne declared a PAN PAN after reporting a failure of the right engine.
At the beginning of November, another UPS Boeing 757-200 suffered a bird strike after taking off from Seattle to Portland. This incident later saw the aircraft’s left engine was replaced. In mid-October, a UPS A300-600 cargo ship was approaching Louisville from Orlando when pilots detected a hydraulic problem and had to manually lower the landing gear. The brakes were locked on landing, causing several tires to blow up. When stopped, the aircraft had no steering and had to be towed from the runway.
Simple Flying has contacted UPS for more information on Monday’s incident in Louisville. We did not receive a response prior to publication.