EASA clears Boeing 737 MAX to fly again in Europe

Wednesday, 27. January 2021 12:06

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again, the regulator announced on Wednesday. The approval is conditioned by software upgrades, electrical working rework, maintenance checks, operations manual updates and crew training.

"We have every confidence that the aircraft is safe, which is the precondition for giving our approval. But we will continue to monitor 737 MAX operations closely as the aircraft resumes service. In parallel, and at our insistence, Boeing has also committed to work to enhance the aircraft still further in the medium term, in order to reach an even higher level of safety," EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said.

The regulator added that each aircraft's characteristics will have to adhere to EASA's airworthiness directive and its safety directive for non-European airlines.

The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 after two crashes caused by a malfunctioning of its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) resulted in the deaths of 346 people.

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