Boeing 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing in Florida on ferry flight

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane was forced to return to an airport in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday after pilots reported an engine issue, according to statements from Southwest and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

The plane had no passengers and was scheduled to fly to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., according to an airline statement. The aircraft will instead go to Southwest's maintenance facility in Orlando for an inspection. 


The FAA said in a statement that it was investigating the landing.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE earlier this month issued an emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes. The Southwest flight was a "ferry flight," meaning its purpose was to transport an aircraft. Boeing 737 Max ferry flights with no passengers are still permitted to fly. 

Boeing 737 Max aircrafts are facing renewed scrutiny after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed earlier this month, killing 157. Last year, a Lion Air flight aboard the same type of aircraft crashed, killing 189.

An airport spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that it temporarily closed a runway to inspect for debris, but that its operations were not impacted.