(Reuters) – American Airlines Co on Friday said a Boeing 737 MAX bound for New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport declared an emergency after the captain shut down an engine due to a possible mechanical problem .
U.S. Flight 2555 from Miami with 95 passengers and six crew members safely landed in Newark without incident, the airline said.
The possible issue was related to an engine oil pressure or volume indicator and not the result of anything MCAS related to two fatal 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 that caused the engine to run aground. plane for 20 months, he said.
Boeing Co said it was aware of the U.S. flight and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would investigate.
American was the first US carrier to resume 737 MAX flights late last year after the FAA approved Boeing’s safety updates.
When clearing the plane to fly again, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said he was confident the plane was safe, but warned that in-flight mechanical issues sometimes occur with all commercial aircraft.
“For this reason, it is inevitable that at some point in the future a Boeing 737 MAX will return to its home airport, divert or land at destination with an actual or suspected in-flight problem,” he said. -he declares.
The FAA assesses all occurrences involving an American airline, he said at the time, adding: “It is very important to differentiate between these routine occurrences that occur with any aircraft and the acute safety issues that led to the loss of life and the grounding of the MAX. . “
American took delivery from Boeing of the jet involved in the incident on Friday Dec. 30, according to reports on FlightAware.
Reporting by David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski; additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio