Back In The Air Again: Boeing's 737 Air Max Cleared To Fly After Being Grounded For 20 Months
The American Federal Aviation Authority, the FAA, has cleared Boeing's 737 Max to fly again. The fleet has been grounded for nearly two years after two of the jets crashed and killed a total of 346 people.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed the order that paves the way for the troubled aircraft to return to commercial service.
The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes that killed a total of 346 passengers and crew members
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. Boeing continued to manufacture the airplane, but in December 2019, the company announced plans to halt production at its Renton, Washington manufacturing plant. Production resumed in May 2020 but at a much lower rate and with a renewed focus on workplace safety and quality.
The FAA says its safety staff has “worked diligently to identify and address the safety issues” that contributed to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 on October 29th, 2018, followed by the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10th, 2019.
President Donald Trump approved the grounding of the jet three days later, after nearly 40 countries had done the same.
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