Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX jet could be cleared within weeks to return to European skies after nearly two years of landing on the ground for two fatal crashes in which 346 people lost their lives.
This week the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) released a proposed directive on the airworthiness of the Boeing 737 MAX which opens a 28-day public consultation period after which the agency will review the input and then it will approve the plane for the flight.
According to EASA, the passage signals “its intention to approve the return of the aircraft to European skies within a few weeks”.
The move by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency follows last week’s flight clearance for the 737 MAX in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). FAA Chief Stephen Dickson said he was “100% comfortable [his] family flying over it. “
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said in a statement Tuesday, “EASA made it clear from the outset that we would conduct our own objective and independent evaluation of the 737 MAX, working closely with the FAA and Boeing. , to make sure that there was no repetition of these tragic incidents, which have touched the lives of so many people.
“I am confident that we have left no stone unturned in our evaluation of the aircraft with its modified design approach,” he added.
According to EASA, the “fundamental problem” with the 737’s new software functions program, which was intended to make the aircraft easier to handle, was that many pilots did not even know it was there.
Regulators grounded the ailing Boeing plane around the world in March 2019 after two nearly new 737 MAXs crashed within five months of each other. The accidents, which took place in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killed all 346 people on board. They required a lengthy safety review which was met by numerous delays, increasing losses and costs for Boeing.
In both incidents, new flight control software caused the plane to crash shortly after takeoff.