The Boeing 737 Max jet could be flying through the skies of Europe after it is cleared by the European Union’s Air Safety Agency (EASA), which could happen next week.
After almost two years of suspension, the U.S.-based aircraft will be authorized to carry passengers, after being suspended due to two tragic accidents, one in Indonesia and another in Ethiopia in which 346 people died in 2018 and 2019, The Guardian reported on Jan. 19.
“We continue to work with EASA, other global regulators and our customers to get the 737-8 and 737-9 back up and running safely around the world,” said a spokesman for aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing.
Nearly 20 EASA officials managed the re-certification of the 737 Max over the past two years.
New protocols were issued due to the devastating failures presented by the aircraft, so it is very likely that the next certifications will be more thorough and slower, in an attempt to ensure the safety of travelers.
For his part, EASA executive director, Patrick Ky, said that he will soon publish the statement with the good news for Boeing.
In this sense, the EU follows the United States and Brazil, countries that had already allowed the circulation of the aircraft.
After a rigorous inspection for the causes of the accidents, the software was updated and the wiring and some components were changed. Pilots were also trained to familiarize themselves with the changes.
One of the most recent buyers of this model of aircraft is the Irish company Ryanair.
Boeing recognized the design errors that caused the fatal accidents in Oct. 2019. Its economic losses exceeded $7 billion, after some 400 aircraft were parked on the ground.
Certification controls were also deficient. One report noted that the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. agency that approved the design of the 737 Max and the MCAS automatic system, based its decision on erroneous assumptions.
This system prevents the speed from decreasing so much that the plane rushes to the ground.
During the accident, sensor failures activated the MCAS about 30 times and were rectified by the pilots each time until they finally lost control of the aircraft, unable to prevent the disasters.