Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max8 declared an emergency shortly after takeoff and returned to Orlando’s main airport on Tuesday after reporting an engine problem, today (26 March) the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The flight #WN8701 was on a ferry flight from Orlando (MCO) to Victorville (VCV), retuned to Orlando after being on the air for only 19 minutes.
The flight crew “reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff,” Southwest said in a statement. But the plane did not experience any issues with control, Southwest spokesman said.
All Boeing 737MAX aircraft are grounded following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash.
Southwest were moving all of their MAX aircraft to Southern California Logistic Airport in Victorville for storage.