European aviation agency declares Boeing 737 MAX safe to fly: perhaps in the air again this year

The safety level achieved on recent test flights was “high enough”, argues Patrick Ky, EASA’s chief executive. With additional adjustments in the future, that level will only increase, it says. The formal decision has yet to be taken, but if all goes according to plan, the 737 MAX aircraft would be allowed back into European airspace by the end of this year.

The Boeing 737 MAX was introduced in 2017. In March 2019, all aircraft were grounded after two short consecutive crashes in which a total of 346 people were killed. In October 2018, a Lion Air 737 MAX crashed in Indonesia. 189 people did not survive the accident. In March 2019, all 157 occupants of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX died.

In December, Boeing also temporarily halted production of the aircraft. In May of this year, it was restarted to a limited extent, with the intention of constantly increasing it.


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