A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 has made an emergency landing in Florida after suffering what officials described as an “engine-related problem”.
The plane, the same model of which has been grounded around the world following two crashes that appeared to indicate problems with a new anti-stall system – was not carrying passengers when it was forced to make the emergency landing at Orlando International Airport.
Rather, two pilots were flying the plane to Victorville, California, where it was to have been stored, but were obliged to return to Orlando at around 3pm on Tuesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“The crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 8701, a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, declared an emergency after the aircraft experienced a reported engine problem while departing from Orlando International Airport in Florida about 2:50 p.m. today,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
“The aircraft returned and landed safely in Orlando. No passengers were aboard the aircraft, which was being ferried to Victorville, Calif., for storage. The FAA is investigating.”
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