US regulators conduct test flights on Boeing 737 MAX


The Boeing 737 MAX has been anchored in the world since March 13, 2019

New York:

Aviation safety regulators have successfully completed three days of flight testing on the Boeing 737 MAX, a key step in the aircraft’s recertification, US officials said on Wednesday.

While flight testing in Seattle is “an important step … a number of key tasks remain, including assessing the data collected during these flights,” the Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday.

“We will not lift the grounding order until after FAA safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.”

The MAX has been immobilized worldwide since March 13, 2019, following an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. This disaster occurred just months after the Lion Air MAX crash that left 189 people dead.

In addition to evaluating test flight data, regulators have yet to develop pilot training protocols for the MAX which will be subject to public comment and a final review by a technical advisory committee.

All MAX planes manufactured since the collisions will also need to be personally inspected by FAA personnel, the agency said.

The MAX anti-stall flight system, MCAS, was partly responsible for the two accidents. But other technical malfunctions, including one involving electrical wiring, were subsequently detected during the aircraft modification process, slowing down its recertification

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