ORLANDO – A Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Southwest Airlines had to make an emergency landing – just after take off – at Orlando Airport yesterday due to engine problems, FOX 35 News reports. There were only crew members on board.
The aircraft’s destination was Victorville Aiport, CA. Victorville is an airport in the Mojave Desert that Southwest Airlines uses to store a part of its 737 MAXs until they can fly again. Due to the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia, the aircraft type is still grounded for passenger flights.
The FAA emphasizes in a statement that the return of the Southwest aircraft had nothing to do with the MCAS system, which may have played a role in recent accidents with the 737 MAX.
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