Emergency landing in Florida for a Boeing 737 Max 8
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, from the fleet that was grounded after two deadly crashes, had to make an emergency landing in Florida.
Southwest Airlines said that no passengers were aboard Flight 8701, which was travelling from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California, for short-term storage during the grounding.
Southwest Airlines said that the emergency landing happened after the two pilots aboard reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after take-off,.
The global fleet of 737 Max jets was grounded indefinitely on March 13 after two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in March and October. Southwest has 34 of Boeing’s 737 Max jets.
It is not clear if the 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.
Boeing and the FAA said they are working on an upgrade of the planes’ software to deal with the safety feature.