Boeing’s 737 Max cleared to fly in the US after crashes

Written By: BBC

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US safety regulators have cleared Boeing’s 737 Max plane to fly again, lifting grounding orders put in place in March 2019 after two deadly crashes.

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The move marks a key milestone for the firm, which was plunged into crisis by the tragedies and investigations that blamed it for the accidents.

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Its financial woes deepened this year as air travel dropped due to the virus.

The approval comes roughly a year after Boeing had first hoped but too soon for many of the victims’ families.

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The US is the first to reverse the grounding orders, which hit the firm around the world in March 2019. European aviation officials have said they are close to making a similar decision.

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Existing aircraft will need to be modified before going back into service, with changes to their software and wiring. Pilots will also need new training.

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