The European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced on Wednesday that it had cleared the Boeing 737 MAX for another flight in European skies 22 months after the plane landed after two fatal crashes.
“After a comprehensive analysis by EASA, we determined that the 737 MAX is safe to return to service,” said EASA Director Patrick Ky in a statement.
“This assessment was carried out in complete independence from Boeing or the (US) Federal Aviation Administration and without economic or political pressure,” added the agency.
The MAX was shut down in March 2019 after two crashes that killed 346 people – the Lion Air disaster in Indonesia in 2018 and an Ethiopian Airlines crash the following year.
Investigators said a major cause of both crashes was a faulty flight handling system known as the MCE (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System).
Instead, to prevent the aircraft from stalling while ascending, the automated system pushed the aircraft’s nose down.
The results put Boeing in crisis. More than 650 orders for the 737 MAX have been canceled since last year.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered Boeing to revise the jet and introduce new pilot training protocols before the aircraft was finally approved for recommissioning in November.
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