Southwest 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing in Orlando

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Published on March 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Southwest 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing in Orlando

ORLANDO — A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday afternoon at Orlando International Airport.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, there were no passengers on board.

Two pilots were flying the plane to California for storage, when they experienced a performance issue with one of the engines 10 minutes after takeoff.

The aircraft turned around and landed safely.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m.

The plane was being ferried to Victorville, California for storage.

According to Dan Landson, a spokesman for Southwest, "the Boeing 737 Max 8 will be moved to our Orlando maintenance facility for a review." According to a March 13 FAA order that grounded all Boeing 737 Max aircraft, airlines are allowed to fly the planes without passengers to locations for storage and maintenance.

The emergency landing comes as federal regulators continue to investigate two deadly crashes involving 737 Max 8 aircraft in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Southwest has 34 Max planes.

On Saturday, the airline began flying them to Victorville to free up space at airports where they have been temporarily parked.

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