Following two air crashes in October 2018 and March 2019, which resulted in 346 deaths, the Boeing 737 MAX was “grounded.” According to the latest report from Reuters, the FAA may approve the 737 MAX to fly again on the 18th.
According to Reuters, after experiencing twists and turns and a lengthy safety review, the FAA has entered the final stage of evaluating the 737 MAX series of passenger planes to go back and forth, and will lift the “no-fly order against the 737 MAX” as early as the 18th local time.
“. At the same time, other regulatory agencies around the world are also close to making a decision to allow the aircraft to go around.
It is understood that during the review, the FAA required Boeing to upgrade the anti-stall automatic control system. The previous investigation determined that the two air crashes in 2018 and 2019 were related to this system vulnerability unique to the 737 MAX series passenger aircraft.
After the US Federal Aviation Administration approves the return to flight, the airline must complete related software upgrades and pilot training. This process requires at least 30 days before the 737 MAX can return to the sky.
Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 737 MAX, has previously stated that it will take several months to meet the FAA’s return to flight requirements and will not arrange 737 MAX flights until the second quarter of next year.
Affected by the grounding and the Coronavirus, Boeing has experienced a series of blows in recent years, such as grounding, cancellation of a large number of orders, management adjustments, production cuts, and layoffs. Reuters analysis pointed out that the approval of the 737 MAX to go around is a crucial step for Boeing to get out of the crisis.