Boeing 737 Max makes emergency landing in Orlando

Boeing 737 Max makes emergency landing in Orlando

Still dealing with the fallout of two deadly crashes in the past six months, and serious questions about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft, things got a shade bleaker for Boeing Tuesday when a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 was forced to make an emergency landing in Orlando shortly after takeoff. The flight had a two-person flight crew but did not have any passengers aboard because the line of Boeing planes have not yet been cleared to fly again by the FAA. The plane was in the air in order to be relocated to southern California where it was to be stored until the engineering issues on the 737 Max planes are resolved.

Southwest Flight 8701 departed from Orlando International Airport at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, but was forced to return minutes later after pilots reported an engine problem. “The Crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport. The flight was scheduled to fly to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., for short-term storage,” Southwest said in a statement. “The Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be moved to our Orlando maintenance facility for a review.”

The engine problem is thought to be unrelated to the plane’s automatic anti-stall system currently under investigation after the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 shortly after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed just over two weeks ago. At the time of the grounding, Southwest had 34 of the 70 Boeing 737 Max jets in operation in the U.S.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, the two pilots aboard the flight reported “a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff,” the airline said.
“The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport.”
The global fleet of 737 Max jets was grounded indefinitely on March 13 after two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in March and October.
It is not clear if Tuesday’s emergency landing was related to suspected problems with the aircraft. An investigation into the crashes focuses on an automated anti-stall system and not engine problems.
The landing and the runway shutdown it caused did not impact other traffic, an airport spokeswoman said.
Southwest said the aircraft will be moved to its Orlando maintenance facility for a review. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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