(Reuters) – American Airlines Co said on Friday that a Boeing 737 MAX traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey had declared a state of emergency after the captain shut down an engine due to a possible mechanical problem.
Miami-based Flight 2555 with 95 passengers and six crews landed safely in Newark without incident, the airline said.
The possible problem is related to the engine oil pressure or volume indicator, not the result of anything related to the MCAS system, related to two fatal 737 MAX crashes in 201
Boeing Co said it was aware of the US flight, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would investigate.
American was the first U.S. carrier to resume 737 MAX flights late last year after FAA approved safety updates from Boeing
When he released the plane to fly again, FAA Administrator Steve Dixon said he was confident the jet was safe, but warned that sometimes all commercial aircraft had mechanical problems during the flight.
“For this reason, it is inevitable that at some point in the future, the Boeing 737 MAX will return to its original airport, deviate or land at its destination with an actual or suspected problem in flight,” he said.
The FAA evaluates all events involving an American airline, he said at the time, adding: “It is very important to distinguish between these routine events that happen to every aircraft and the acute safety issues that have resulted in loss of life and MAX grounding. “
The American delivered from Boeing the plane involved in the incident on Friday, December 30, according to information from FlightAware.
Report by David Shepardsson and Tracy Ruczynski; additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Edited by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio