The Boeing 737 MAX, grounded since March 2019 after two fatal accidents, can once again fly safely, said Patrick Ky, head of EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) on Friday.
As a result, the Boeing 737 MAX would be cleared to fly in Europe again by the end of the year.
No flight for over a year
The 737 MAX has been banned from flight since March 13, 2019 after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that killed 157 people, just months after the crash of a Lion Air MAX in Indonesia, which cost the life to 189 people. Before that, the 737 MAX was Boeing’s best-selling aircraft.
Ky said on Friday that the modifications made by the US aircraft manufacturer will make the craft safe enough to return to European airspace. EASA carried out tests in September. Final documents are in the works, and official clearance will follow next month.
MCAS anti-stall software was involved in both accidents. Other problems, including one relating to electrical wiring, were subsequently detected.