Southwest Boeing 737 Max reportedly made an emergency landing at Orlando International Airport

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A Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 enroute from Tampa prepares to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on March 11, 2019.

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A Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 enroute from Tampa prepares to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on March 11, 2019.

The crew of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max declared an emergency shortly after departure and returned to Orlando’s main airport on Tuesday after reporting an engine problem, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA grounded this type of aircraft earlier this month following two fatal crashes of the popular model.

Airlines aren’t allowed to fly passengers under the FAA’s order. The Southwest plane, which was not carrying passengers, was bound for Victorville, Calif., where the carrier is storing the aircraft.

Southwest did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The FAA said it is investigating and that the issue was not related to other concerns about the 737 Max that led the agency to ground the plane.

“The aircraft returned and landed safely in Orlando,” the FAA said.

CNBC’s
Phil LeBeau
contributed to this report.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.



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