ORLANDO,FL (WFLA) – The crew of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max declared an emergency shortly after takeoff and returned to Orlando International on Tuesday after reporting an engine problem, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The FAA grounded this type of aircraft earlier this month following two fatal crashes of the popular model.
According to WESH, the crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport around 2:50 p.m., and landed the plane safely. No passengers were on board. The aircraft was being ferried to Victorville, California, where Southwest is storing the airplanes.
No passengers were on the plane. The FAA says it’s investigating but it appears the emergency was not related to anti-stall software suspected in the two fatal crashes.