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INCIDENT: TUIfly Belgium Boeing 737 MAX returns to Boeing Field due to technical issue

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Due to mechanical issues, a TUI Airlines Belgium Boeing 737 MAX was forced to return to Seattle Boeing Field shortly after departure.

On Wednesday, October 14th, a Boeing 737-8 MAX with Belgian registration OO-TMZ flew flight TB-981F from Seattle Boeing Field to Brussels.

The aircraft, which was leased from Aviation Capital Group, was scheduled to arrive at Brussels Airport at 10:35 a.m. local time on Friday, October 15th.

The Boeing 737 MAX took off from Boeing Field at 18:33 local time and was climbing out when the crew discovered a technical issue. “Pan pan pan, we have a flight control problem,” the crew told Seattle ATC later.

The crew came to a halt at 15000 feet and requested a 4,000-foot vertical thickness block of airspace. After requesting a vector landing 35 minutes after taking off, the crew returned to Boeing Field.

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