US Boeing 737 Max 8 Plane Ferried to California Makes Emergency Landing

A US Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane has been forced to make an emergency landing shortly after departing Florida.

Southwest Flight 8701 took off from Orlando International Airport at 2:50pm on Tuesday local time, but returned to the airport 10 minutes later after pilots reported an engine problem.

The plane was being ferried to an airport in Southern California.

It did not have any passengers on board, with all Boeing 737 Max aircraft grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft are only allowed to fly in special circumstances.

“The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport,” Southwest said.

“The flight was scheduled to fly to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California, for short-term storage.”

Southwest said the aircraft “will be moved to our Orlando maintenance facility for a review.”

The plane is one of hundreds of Boeing aircraft that are currently grounded.

It came after an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people earlier in March.

The 737 Max 8 plane is Boeings newest aircraft and has been involved in two crashes in less than six months.

The FAA said it was looking into Tuesday’s emergency landing.

“The crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 8701, a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, declared an emergency after the aircraft experienced a reported engine problem while departing from Orlando International Airport,” the FAA said.

“The FAA is investigating.”

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