Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 Makes Emergency Landing Due to Engine Problem

By Anna Breuer on 26 March 2019
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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that was being ferried to an aircraft storage facility made an emergency landing Tuesday shortly after takeoff.

Pilots on board Southwest Flight 8701 reported “a performance issue with one of the engines” the airline said, adding that “the crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport.

The aircraft was flying from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California.

Before ferrying the aircraft to Victorville, Southwest will move the aircraft to its maintenance facility in Orlando to be checked out.

The incident follows the global grounding of the Boeing 737 Max fleet, which came about as a result of two fatal crashes, the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crash earlier in March and the Lion Air 737 Max 8 crash last October.

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