Barely two crashes involving the 737 Max plane, raising questions about the safety of the plane; another Boeing 737 Max plane has been forced to make an emergency landing in Orlando, Florida after it experienced engine problem 10 minutes after takeoff.
No passenger was aboard the plane flying from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California, for short-term storage during the grounding, Southwest Airlines said.
The airline said one of the pilots reported the engine problem and was directed to make an emergency landing at the airport.
“The two pilots aboard the flight reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff. The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport,” the airline said.
Southwest has said that the aircraft will be moved to its Orlando maintenance facility for a review.
Airline regulators around the world have grounded the 737 Max model after concerns that the anti-stall system was behind two recent deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
All 157 on board the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft died after the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa on March 10.
Similarly, four months earlier, a Boeing 737 Max 8 model operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.