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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to lift its March 2019 grounding order on the 737 MAX as soon as next month, pending approval of software and training changes. That means the jet could return to service in 2021.
Earlier this month, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) declared the 737 MAX aircraft safe to fly, announcing that the grounded aircraft could return to the region’s skies before the end of the year.
Once Boeing’s best-selling passenger plane, the 737 MAX is now apparently being rebranded as the 737-8. The aircraft has been grounded for over a year, after two fatal crashes less than six months apart in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. In both cases, new flight control software caused the aircraft to unexpectedly nosedive shortly after takeoff.
The tragic incidents prompted widespread concerns over technical flaws and quality control at Boeing, as well as appropriate training for pilots to fly the 737 MAX. US lawmakers investigating the company last year accused it of concealing information about the aircraft from regulators during the approval process.
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