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Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing at Orlando International Airport

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 17:19:19-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon in Orlando.

According to the FAA, the crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 8701 declared an emergency after the aircraft experienced a reported engine problem while departing Orlando International Airport.

There were only two pilots on board because the aircraft was being ferried to Victorville, California for storage.

The pilots safely landed the plane.

Airlines worldwide grounded the jet after the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight this month. It came less than five months after 189 people died in the October crash of another Max 8 off the coast of Indonesia.
Boeing announced on Saturday a flight-control software fix.

The Federal Aviation Administration expects that update from Boeing next week. The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that regulators tentatively approved Boeing's changes, subject to flight tests, citing government documents and people familiar with the details. FAA declined to comment.

A FAA source told ABC News that today's emergency landing is unrelated to the issues with the anti-stall system known as MCAS.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.