From the fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft which were grounded following two deadly crashes, a 737 made an emergency landing on Tuesday after it showed issues with the engine after take-off. The aircraft which took off from Florida’s Orlando International Airport was being ferried to Victorville, California, for short-term storage during the grounding, the airline said.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 27, 2019
A Southwest Boeing 737 Max plane made an emergency landing in Orlando due to an engine issue.
The flight, which had no commercial passengers, was heading to this site in California where Southwest is storing its grounded planes pic.twitter.com/PAPvUDcfJD
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 26, 2019
The Southwest Airlines Flight 8701 carried no passengers and was reported with “a performance issue with one of the engines” by the two pilots who were flying the aircraft just before 3 pm, the airline said. “The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport.” According to investigations, the two fatal crashes were caused by issues with the computer systems and the emergency landing on Tuesday was not related to those issues but points to issues with the engine.
The plane’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, caused the crash of a Lion Air on October 29 and the Ethiopian Airline on March 10. The two crashes killed 346 people. The fleet of Boeing 737 Max’s was grounded indefinitely on March 13 but the aircraft was allowed to fly for storage purposes. In this case, it was scheduled to be stored in the western Mojave Desert, a facility in California. A hearing is scheduled on Wednesday by a U.S. Senate panel on the two disasters and federal oversight of air safety.
Per officials, the plane was being flown to California for storage. The FAA's grounding order prohibits flying passengers on the planes, but allows them to be flown for storage/maintenance. Only pilots were aboard. https://t.co/8oHzgD8TwD
— Jeff Weiner (@JeffWeinerOS) March 26, 2019
Airlines are allowed to ferry them to storage facilities, no passengers allowed though.
— Alfred (@Alfred_2009) March 26, 2019
Yes! It's not just passenger and crew casualties that are concerning, but also casualties on the ground. Hence, the UK airspace ban of these planes.
— Andrea "Never Again" Jones 🏳️🌈 (@drandreaj) March 27, 2019
Better make it long-term storage.
— Jesse Hapke 🗽 (@JesseHapke) March 27, 2019