Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boeing 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing in Orlando

Boeing 737 Max 8 makes emergency landing in Orlando

MCAS is a key focus of the investigations into the Lion Air disaster and the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 flight on March 10 that killed all 157 people on board.

The crash of Ethiopian Flight 302 on March 10 and that of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia in October - both of them Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliners - has prompted Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries to ground the aircraft.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was on its way to California to be grounded had to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday.

The FAA says it's investigating but it appears the emergency was not related to anti-stall software suspected in the two fatal crashes. Indonesian officials believe the failure of a sensor may have triggered an automated software system created to prevent the plane from stalling.

The FAA said it is investigating Tuesday's incident.

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According to flight simulation tests reviewed by the Times that re-created the Lion Air plane's fatal crash, a single sensor failed during the October flight.

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"The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport", the firm added.

Countries around the world grounded Boeing 737 MAX series jets in the days after the second crash. The plane was being ferried to the California airport for long-term storage.

"The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft's flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders", the FAA said.

Engineers have been focusing on addressing problems with the MCAS system, a stall prevention system created to point the nose of the 737 MAX 8 downward if it is in danger of stalling, or losing lift. Boeing has invited more than 200 pilots, technical leaders and regulators for an informational session Wednesday in Renton, Washington, where the aircraft is built. It's a system that was activated on both the doomed Lion Air flight and Ethiopian Air flight.

Costs for that extended training, he said, could range anywhere from hundreds of thousands of dollars per plane to the low millions. Boeing will also hold another meeting with pilots and others to discuss the software fix.

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