FAA lifts ban on Boeing 737 Max

Source: Michael Laris, Lori Aratani & Ian Duncan, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted its ban on the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday, 20 months after the aircraft was grounded following two crashes within five months that killed 346 people. The action means the FAA is satisfied that software and other fixes, and new pilot training, make the plane safe to fly again.

The U.S. government had been viewed by many as the global standard-bearer for aviation safety. But the FAA’s certification that the Max was safe in 2017, and its initial reluctance to ground the aircraft after the Ethiopia crash, severely tarnished the agency’s credibility.

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