Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Boeing rejoicing as 737 MAX gets green light from regulators

The US planemaker Boeing is rejoicing after US safety regulators have given the green light for the troubled 737 MAX to take to the skies, following over one and half years of being grounded. 

Under the conditions given by the US Federal Aviation Administration, the planes could return to commercial operation after the software is updated, some wiring is changed and pilots are also given some extra training.

The FAA's Steve Dickson said "We've done everything humanly possible to make sure" these types of crashes do not happen again," and the changes "have eliminated what caused these particular accidents".

Boeing's chief executive Dave Calhoun said the firm had enhanced its safety practices in the way of the crashes and made other improvements.  "We will never forget the lives lost in the two tragic accidents that led to the decision to suspend operations," 

"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."

A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority said the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was in charge of re-certification for EU member states, as well as the UK. "We continue to work closely with EASA on all issues relating to the B737 Max and any EASA decision on a return to service."


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