- A Boeing 737 Max jet made an emergency landing in Orlando in the US due to an engine problem
- The plane was being flown to California airport for short-term storage as the US has banned the model from flying
- The FAA said it is investigating the development but confirmed it was not related to anti-stall software suspected as a cause of the two fatal crashes the aircraft model has experienced
As countries continue to bar Boeing 737 Max in the aftermath of two successive deadly clashes, another Boeing 737 Max belonging to the US airline company, Southwest Airlines, made a safe emergency landing in Orlando, Florida, after experiencing an engine problem.
Quoting the US Federal Aviation Administration, Aljazeera reports that the crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport on Tuesday, March 26, and returned to the airport safely.
Legit.ng gathers that no passengers were, however, on board as the aircraft was being ferried to Victorville, California, where Southwest Airlines is storing the aeroplane because of the ban imposed on the plane model.
Recall that the 737 Max was grounded in the United States on Wednesday, March 13. US airlines are reportedly allowed to shuttle the planes but cannot carry passengers.
The FAA said it is investigating the development but confirmed the emergency landing was not related to anti-stall software that is suspected as a cause of the two fatal crashes.
According to Southwest Airlines, the plane's pilots reported a “performance issue” with an engine shortly after taking off for the California airport, where it was flying to be in short-term storage.
The Max 8 jet was to be moved to Southwest's Orlando maintenance facility to be checked, the company said in a statement.
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Legit.ng previously reported that an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, killing all 157 people on board on Sunday, March 10.
The Ethiopian tragedy came after a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing all 189 people on board.
The Boeing 737 Max is reportedly the fastest-selling aircraft in the history of the company, with roughly 370 delivered so far and some 4,700 more on order.
Some airlines have said they are reevaluating existing orders of the 737 Max in the wake of the deadly crashes.
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