Boeing 737 MAX May Fly for Test Purposes

The Boeing 737 MAX can take off again – but only for test purposes. After two crashes with hundreds of deaths, the US aviation authority has approved take-offs of the jet for the first time.

The American aircraft manufacturer Boeing can start test flights again after a more than one year ban on the medium-range Boeing 737 Max. The US aviation authority FAA approved the start of corresponding flights with test pilots.

However, there would still be several hurdles to overcome before the model could be re-registered for aviation. Boeing customers said September was the earliest date for regular flight operations to resume.

The Boeing 737 Max is the new edition of the medium-haul jet 737, which has been built since the 1960s, and was designed for less fuel consumption. After two crashes with a total of 346 deaths, regulatory authorities around the world had banned the 737 Max in March 2019.

In addition, Boeing has not been allowed to deliver new aircraft in the series since then. At the center of the crisis is the MCAS control program, which was developed for the 737 Max and, according to test reports, played a decisive role in the crashes. Required improvements to the control system dragged on.

Boeing is suspected of rushing the jet onto the market and neglecting safety. The group rejects this, but has admitted mistakes and glitches. The damage for Boeing already amounts to a double-digit billion amount and brought the manufacturer into an unprecedented crisis.

The documentary “Boeing – the deadly system” shows the first on Monday at 9.45 p.m. in “Exclusiv im Ersten”.

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