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US safety regulators have approved Boeing’s 737 Max to fly again, lifting grounding orders nearly two years after the plane was grounded following two fatal crashes caused by design flaws. EPA-EFE/GARY HE EDITORIAL USE ONLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft sit parked at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, USA, 21 July 2019. The decision by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was announced on Wednesday and followed a “comprehensive and methodical” 20-month review process. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was grounded by aviation regulators and airlines around the world in March 2019 after 346 people were killed in two crashes. “We’ve done everything humanly possible to make sure” these types of crashes do not happen again,” the head of FAA, Steve Dickson said in a video accompanying the announcement. The crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March 2019 forced the resignation of Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in December, who was replaced by David Calhoun. They were attributed to design flaws and faulty sensors, in particular in the automated flight software called MCAS, which repeatedly pushed down the nose of the aircraft. The clearance allows for the plane to return to the skies once Boeing updates critical software and computers, and pilots receive training in flight simulators. “These events and the lessons we have learned as a result have reshaped our company and further focused our attention on our core values of safety, quality and integrity,” incumbent CEO Calhoun said in a statement. He added that now he is “100% comfortable with my family flying on it.”
The US grounded the manufacturer’s best-selling plane in March 2019, after two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people on board. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly after being grounded for nearly two years
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa07732636 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft sit parked at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, USA, 21 July 2019.