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Boeing receives FAA approval to fly its 737 Max after being grounded for more than a year

Boeing receives FAA approval to fly its 737 Max after being grounded for more than a year

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given permission for the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again after being grounded for almost two years.The top-s

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given permission for the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again after being grounded for almost two years.

The top-selling planes were grounded in March 2019 after two deadly crashes barely five months apart claimed a total of 346 lives.

Both disasters were due to a flaw in a safety system designed to prevent the nose of the plane from pitching up during flight.

Boeing must make software upgrades and training changes to resume commercial flights, but several U.S. carriers have already indicated they’ll resume using the 737 MAX, including United and American Airlines.

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The FAA has given the greenlight for the Boeing 737 MAX to resume use in the United States. Families of those killed say the agency 'is more concerned with saving Boeing's investment' than with safety

The FAA has given the greenlight for the Boeing 737 MAX to resume use in the United States. Families of those killed say the agency 'is more concerned with saving Boeing's investment' than with safety

The FAA has given the greenlight for the Boeing 737 MAX to resume use in the United States. Families of those killed say the agency ‘is more concerned with saving Boeing’s investment’ than with safety

An upgrade of a jet first introduced in the 1960s, the 737 MAX was rolled out in 2017 and is Boeing’s top-selling jet.

The jet was grounded globally in the spring of 2019 after the October 29, 2018 crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX in Indonesia that killed 189 was soon followed by the March 10, 2019, crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX that killed 157.

The back-to-back disasters sparked federal investigations not only into Boeing, but into failures in FAA oversight and certification.

On Wednesday, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, who took over in August 2019, said he felt ‘100% confident’ in the 737 MAX.

Wreckage of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash from March  2019. The disaster, coupled with the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max months earlier, led  aviation agencies worldwide to ground the jet for 20 months

Wreckage of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash from March  2019. The disaster, coupled with the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max months earlier, led  aviation agencies worldwide to ground the jet for 20 months

Wreckage of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash from March  2019. The disaster, coupled with the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max months earlier, led  aviation agencies worldwide to ground the jet for 20 months

Pilot training and software upgrades will focus on an system intended to prevent the 737 MAX from pitching upward during flight. In both disasters, the system shoving down the jet's nose as pilots struggled to regain control

Pilot training and software upgrades will focus on an system intended to prevent the 737 MAX from pitching upward during flight. In both disasters, the system shoving down the jet's nose as pilots struggled to regain control

Pilot training and software upgrades will focus on an system intended to prevent the 737 MAX from pitching upward during flight. In both disasters, the system shoving down the jet’s nose as pilots struggled to regain control

‘We’ve done everything humanly possible to make sure’ these types of crashes do not happen again, Dickson told Reuters, adding that design changes to the jet ‘have eliminated what caused these particular accidents.’

New pilot training and software upgrades will focus on the plane’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which is intended to counter a tendency for the nose of the 737 MAX to rise up.

In both disasters, the MCAS ended up repeatedly and forcefully shoving down the jet’s nose as pilots struggled to regain control.

When the 737 MAX does return to the skies, Boeing will be running a 24-hour war room to monitor flights, Reuters reported.

The agency also plans in-person inspections of hundreds of jets built during the ban, slowing their distribution by months, if not years.

When the 737 MAX does return to the skies, Boeing will be running a 24-hour war room to monitor flights. The agency also plans in-person inspections of hundreds of jets built during the ban, slowing their distribution by months, if not years

When the 737 MAX does return to the skies, Boeing will be running a 24-hour war room to monitor flights. The agency also plans in-person inspections of hundreds of jets built during the ban, slowing their distribution by months, if not years

When the 737 MAX does return to the skies, Boeing will be running a 24-hour war room to monitor flights. The agency also plans in-person inspections of hundreds of jets built during the ban, slowing their distribution by months, if not years

‘We have implemented a series of meaningful changes to strengthen the safety practices and culture of our company,’ Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun told employees in a letter.

Boeing’s tarnished reputation, coupled with the ongoing pandemic, led many buyers to cancel their orders of the 737 MAX.

At one point during the grounding, there were so many unclaimed planes that the jets were just parked in an employee parking lot at a Boeing factory in Washington state, next to workers’ sedans and minivans. 

Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. American Airlines said it will resume using the jets in December, with United following in the first quarter of 2021

Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. American Airlines said it will resume using the jets in December, with United following in the first quarter of 2021

Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. American Airlines said it will resume using the jets in December, with United following in the first quarter of 2021

American Airlines said it will resume using the 737 MAX in December, with United following in the first quarter of 2021 and Southwest Airlines in the second quarter.

The EU gave the thumbs up to the 737 MAX in October, but Boeing must still receive approval from regulators in Brazil, China, and elsewhere.

Dickson said he expects international officials will ‘complete their work within a relatively short period of time.’

Relatives at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 on board. Loved ones of passengers on both crashes, some of whom are suing Boeing, have criticized the decision to resume using the 737 MAX

Relatives at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 on board. Loved ones of passengers on both crashes, some of whom are suing Boeing, have criticized the decision to resume using the 737 MAX

Relatives at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 on board. Loved ones of passengers on both crashes, some of whom are suing Boeing, have criticized the decision to resume using the 737 MAX 

Shares in both Boeing and major U.S. airlines went up on Wednesday, in anticipation of the announcement.

Loved ones of passengers on both crashes, some of whom are suing Boeing, have criticized the decision to resume using the 737 MAX.

In a letter, families of those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash said they felt ‘the FAA is more concerned with saving Boeing’s investment in the 737 MAX than it is on ensuring that the airplane is safe.’ 

BOEING’S 737 MAX: WHAT WENT WRONG

OCT. 29, 2018 – A Lion Air 737 MAX plane crashes in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board

NOV. 13, 2018 – FAA, Boeing say they are evaluating the need for software or design changes to 737 MAX jets following the Lion Air crash

NOV. 30, 2018 – Boeing is weighing plans to launch a software upgrade for its 737 MAX in six to eight weeks that would help address a scenario faced by crew of Indonesia’s Lion Air, sources told Reuters

MARCH 10, 2019 – An Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashes, killing all 157 people on board

MARCH 12, 2019 – FAA says will mandate that Boeing implement design changes on the 737 MAX by April that have been in the works for months

MARCH 13, 2019 – FAA joins other major global regulators in grounding the 737 MAX, citing evidence of similarities between the two fatal crashes

APRIL 6, 2019 – Boeing says it will cut monthly 737 MAX production by nearly 20%; U.S. and airline officials say they believe the plane could be grounded for at least two months

MAY 16, 2019 – Boeing says it has completed a software update for its 737 MAX jets and is in the process of submitting a pilot training plan to the FAA

JUNE 27, 2019 – Boeing says it will take until at least September to fix a newly identified problem with software that emerged when FAA test pilots were reviewing potential failure scenarios of the flight control computer in a 737 MAX simulator

JULY 18, 2019 – Boeing says it has assumed regulatory approval of the 737 MAX’s return to service in the United States and other jurisdictions will begin early in the fourth quarter

OCT. 24, 2019 – Boeing says it still expects FAA approval to fly the 737 MAX in the fourth quarter, sending its shares higher despite a slump in quarterly profit. FAA says it will need “several weeks” for review

NOV. 7, 2019 – U.S. and European regulators ask Boeing to revise documentation on its proposed 737 MAX software fix

NOV. 11, 2019 – Boeing says it expects the FAA to issue an order approving the plane’s return to flight in December, forecasting commercial flights to resume in January

NOV. 15, 2019 – The head of the FAA tells his team to ‘take whatever time is needed’ in their review of the 737 MAX

DEC. 11, 2019 – FAA chief Steve Dickson says 737 MAX will not be cleared to fly before the end of 2019

DEC. 12, 2019 – Boeing abandons its goal of winning regulatory approval for the 737 MAX to resume flying in December after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the plane would not be cleared to fly before 2020

DEC. 23, 2019 – Boeing fires CEO Dennis Muilenburg

JAN. 6, 2020 – An audit conducted in December reveals that wiring in the tail of the 737 MAX could short circuit and lead to a crash if pilots don’t know how to respond correctly

JAN. 9, 2020 – Boeing releases hundreds of internal messages between employees to the Congress and the FAA last week, raising serious questions about its development of simulators and showing employees may have covered up issues

JAN. 13, 2020 – Budget airliner Ryanair reveals it could receive its first deliveries of up to 10 grounded 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing by April, but cautions this will depend on the regulators

JAN. 16, 2020 – Committee, appointed by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in April, finds the FAA safety approval process was not at fault

JAN. 21, 2020 –  Boeing announces it does not expect federal regulators to approve its changes to the grounded 737 Max until this summer, several months longer than the company was saying just a few weeks ago.

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