American Air 737 MAX declared emergency after engine shutdown, lands safely
By David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski
(Reuters) - American Airlines Co announced Friday that a Boeing 737 MAX traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey declared an emergency after the captain shut down an engine due to a possible mechanical problem.
The American flight 2555 from Miami with 95 passengers and six crew members landed safely in Newark without incident, the airline said.
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The potential issue was related to an engine oil pressure or volume indicator, and not anything related to the MCAS system that had been linked to two fatal 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 that led to the 20 month landing of the Plane.
Boeing Co said it was aware of the American flight and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would investigate.
American became the first U.S. airline to resume 737 MAX flights late last year after the FAA approved Boeing's safety updates.
When the aircraft was released for flight again, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said he was confident the jet would be safe but cautioned that all commercial aircraft occasionally experience mechanical problems in flight.
"As a result, it is inevitable that a Boeing 737 MAX will return to its original airport, reroute or land at its destination at some point in the future with an actual or suspected problem in flight," he said.
The FAA assesses all events that a US airline is involved in, adding, "It is very important to distinguish between these routine events that occur with aircraft and the acute safety issues that result in the loss of life and the grounding of the aircraft MAX led. "
According to information from FlightAware, American Airlines has taken over the jet that was involved in the incident on Friday from Boeing.
(Reporting by David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski; additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson; editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)
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