As per reports, Boeing’s (BA) 737 Max may soon return to operations as Executive Director Patrick Ky, head of Europe’s aviation safety agency informed that he is “certain” that the aircraft is now safe to fly and may be allowed to resume operations in Europe by mid-January. The aircraft has already been cleared to resume flights in the US and Brazil. Ky further informed that his organization had “left no stone unturned” in their review of the aircraft and its analysis of design changes made by the manufacturer.
“We went further and reviewed all the flight controls, all the machinery of the aircraft”- Executive Director Patrick Ky
Since the aircraft’s second Ethiopian crash which was just four months later the aircraft’s first accident in October 2018, EASA has been carrying out a root-and-branch review of the 737 Max’s design, independently from a similar process undertaken by the US regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Both the crashes have been traced to faulty flight control software, which became active at the wrong time and pushed the aircraft to go into a catastrophic dive.
In order to return to service, existing planes will now have to be equipped with new computer software, as well as undergoing changes to their wiring and cockpit instrumentation. Pilots will need to undergo mandatory training, and each plane will have to undergo a test flight to ensure the changes have been carried out correctly. US regulators have set out similar conditions.
As a result, Mr Ky insisted, “We are very confident that it is now a very safe aircraft.”
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