US Authorities Will Not Allow Boeing-737 Max Flights Until The End Of 2020
The Boeing-737 MAX aircraft will most likely not be able to resume flights until early 2021. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decided to request the opinion of interested parties before approving changes to the software and equipment of the aircraft. The regulator will not be able to complete work on lifting restrictions on 737 MAX flights, introduced in 2019, until the end of October or early November, the newspaper writes.
It is expected that the process of training pilots and checking the technical condition of Airliners, as well as obtaining appropriate FAA approval, will stretch until the end of December. Only then will the Airliners be able to fly.
In the near future, the FAA plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) affecting the Boeing 737 MAX. In keeping with our commitment to remain transparent, the NPRM will provide 45 days for the public to comment on proposed design changes and crew procedures to mitigate the safety issues identified during the investigations that followed the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents.
A Boeing spokesman said the company is working closely with the FAA and other international regulators to "meet their expectations as we work to safely resume 737 MAX operations." The timing will be determined by regulators, he added.
Mach 737 flights were suspended worldwide in March 2019 after two plane crashes. In March 2019, 157 people were killed when a plane of this model of Ethiopian Airlines crashed. In October 2018, 189 people were killed in the crash of the Boeing 737 MAX of the Indonesian company Lion Air. The cause of the accidents was inconsistencies in the software of the 737 MACH, which prevented the pilots from controlling the aircraft.