FAA Begins Test Flying 737 MAX
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration began test flying the Boeing 737 Max the start of a process to return the planes to service after two fatal crashes over a year ago, according to CNBC.
The 737 MAX was Boeing's best selling plane but has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people. Boeing has determined that the crashes were a result of a faulty flight-control system. Boeing shares closed up more than 14 percent on Monday, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average higher. “The FAA is following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing’s work," the FAA said. “We will lift the grounding order only after we are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.”
The first test flight departed at 10 AM PST from Seattle. “The tests are being conducted by test pilots and engineers from the FAA and Boeing,” the FAA said. The FAA will continue to evaluate the planes before returning in late fall. “It is important to note, getting to this step does not mean the FAA has completed its compliance evaluation or other work associated with return to service,” the FAA said in a letter to Congress. “The FAA has not made a decision on return to service. We have a number of steps remaining after the conclusion of the certification flights.”
Last month, Boeing restarted production of the planes.