An American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, seen here at LaGuardia last year, landed safely in Newark on March 5, 2021, after its captain had to shut down an engine.
The disaster was averted at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday, when an American Airlines flight landed safely after an engine had to be shut down due to a possible mechanical problem.
Miami Flight 2555 landed without incident, with 95 passengers and six crew members on board, according to the airline.
The potential Boeing 737 MAX problem was related to an engine oil pressure or volume gauge, not the MCAS system failure that was linked to two fatal accidents in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people, authorities said.
American was the first national airline to resume 737 MAX flights after a 20-month suspension.
Boeing Co. said it was aware of the American emergency and that the FAA is investigating.
After declaring the plane safe to fly again in November, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson warned that mechanical problems occasionally occur in flight with all commercial jets.
“For that reason, it is inevitable that at some point in the future, a Boeing 737 MAX will return to its home airport, deviate or land at its destination with an actual or suspected problem during the flight,” Dickson said at the time. .
“It is very important to differentiate between these routine events that occur with any aircraft and the serious safety issues that led to the loss of life and the grounding of the MAX.”
Former President Trump punished the model in March 2019 after a 737 MAX crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.
That accident occurred months after a Lion Air flight sank into the ocean after taking off from Indonesia, claiming 189 lives.
With pole cables