The disaster was averted at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday when an American Airlines flight landed safely after an engine shut down due to a possible mechanical problem.
Flight 2555 from Miami landed without incident with 95 passengers and six crew members on board, the airline said.
The possible problem with the Boeing 737 MAX was related to an engine oil pressure or volume gauge – not the MCAS system failure, which resulted in two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people, officials said.
American was the first domestic airline to resume 737 MAX flights after being banned from take-off for 20 months.
Boeing Co. said it was aware of the American emergency and the FAA is investigating.
After FAA Administrator Steve Dickson declared the aircraft safe to fly in November, he warned that all commercial airliners occasionally experience mechanical problems in flight
“For this reason, it is inevitable that at some point in the future a Boeing 737 MAX will return to its departure airport, reroute, or land at its destination with an actual or suspected problem on board,” Dickson said at the time.
“It is very important to distinguish between these routine events that occur with any aircraft and the acute safety issues that resulted in the loss of life and the grounding of the MAX.”
Former President Trump grounded the model in March 2019 after a 737 MAX crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.
This crash occurred months after a Lion Air flight crashed into the sea after taking off from Indonesia, killing 189 people.
With postal wires