WASHINGTON – The United States Federal Air Administration (FAA) gave Boeing the go-ahead on Wednesday to allow its 737 MAX aircraft to fly with passengers again, after the ban applied in 2019 for two accidents involving these aircraft that left 346 dead in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
“The design and certification of this aircraft included an unprecedented level of collaboration and independent reviews from air authorities around the world,” the US agency said in a statement.
The FAA order allows Boeing to re-market the 737 MAXs for passenger flights to airlines around the world.
“Those regulators have indicated that the design changes at Boeing – the FAA stressed – as well as the modifications to the procedures and training of the crew, will give them the confidence to approve the aircraft as safe to fly in their respective countries and regions.”
The investigation found that, due to a technical failure, safety systems designed to prevent the aircraft from climbing too quickly had behaved improperly, causing precipitous descents that could not be controlled by the pilots and leading to fatal accidents.
This crisis has cost Boeing close to $ 20 billion, including the compensation it must pay to victims and airlines.
The Boeing company stopped manufacturing that controversial plane in January after two serious plane crashes in 2018 and 2019. Now American Airlines reported that it plans to use them again before the end of this year.
“We will never forget the lives lost in the two tragic accidents that led to the decision to suspend operations. These events and the lessons we have learned as a result have reshaped our company and further focused our attention on our core values of safety, quality and safety. integrity, “said David Calhoun, CEO of Boeing, in a press release.
The first of the fatal 737 MAX accidents occurred in October 2018 in Indonesia, when a Lion Air airline plane crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 passengers and crew members who occupied it.
The second accident, which led to a ban on airlines to continue using this aircraft model, occurred in March 2019 in Ethiopia, when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed near the town of Bishoftu and the 157 people who were in it were killed. on board.