The crew of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max declared an emergency shortly after takeoff and returned to Orlando’s main airport on Tuesday after reporting an engine problem.

Southwest Flight 8701 declared an emergency shortly after takeoff as the 737 MAX had engine failure issues right after take-off, said the Federal Aviation Administration, which is currently investigating the incident. The Max aircraft was being flown to a storage area in Victorville, California, and only the pilots and 2 crew members were on board. The plane has been grounded (again) once it went into the maintenance hangar of the airport for repair.

The FAA grounding allows for airlines to fly 737 Max aircraft that don’t have passengers, and Southwest is gradually shifting its 34 Max jets to Victorville CA. Boeing and FAA test pilots are also allowed to make flights to demonstrate the software fixes being developed for the planes.

03.10.2019 – A brand new Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 (equipped with BOEING A.I. systems) crashed shortly after take off from Addis Ababa this morning on March 10, 2019 killing all 157 passengers & crew members onboard. The A.I. system called MCAS has been blamed for the fatal crash.

10.29.2018 – A brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 (also equipped with the BOEING A.I. systems)  operated as Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take off killing all 189 onboard. The A.I. system called MCAS has been blamed for the fatal crash.