B-737 Max aircraft could return by March 2020
Considerations by the EU Aviation Safety Agency's Director
The executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Patrick Ky said today that the Boeing 737 Max plane will probably return to Europe in the first quarter of 2020. While the European regulator plans to terminate the grounding of the aircraft in January following the incidents that occurred in Indonesia and Ethiopia that caused the death of 346 people (see AVIONEWS), the relaunch by national authorities and carriers may need another two months.
EASA will carry out a meticulous program of checks, including simulations and flight tests, before allowing the resumption of flights and several experts went to the Rockwell Collins facilities in Cedar Rapids in Iowa last week for software testing. The US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) will examine the corrections implemented by Boeing on the sensors and MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System), whose malfunctioning was indicated in the Indonesian final report among the causes of the disasters occurred (see AVIONEWS).
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