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Boeing: critical tests to determine the future of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Right Now Times: Boeing, the US aircraft maker, is preparing for a vital test, as it will begin safety checks on its 737 MAX aircraft to allow them to return to work.

It is believed that pilots and technical experts from the United States aviation regulators plan to conduct tests over a three-day period, starting on Monday.

Right Now Times: Boeing’s best-selling plane stopped working last year, after two crashes of this type of aircraft killed 346 people.

Boeing tests are extremely important, but even if done safely, months of additional safety checks will be needed.

Right Now Times: Aviation safety agencies stopped the 737 Max about 15 months ago after two planes, one affiliated with “Lion” and the other Ethiopian Airlines, were destroyed, five months apart.

The decision sparked a financial crisis in the 103-year-old company, opening the door to lawsuits from victims’ families as well as questions about how Boeing and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) agreed to their safety standards.

Right Now Times: Investigators blamed errors on the electronic control system that Boeing had repaired for months to meet new safety requirements.

The 737 MAX loaded with test equipment will be operated in a series of scenarios in mid-air near the Boeing manufacturing base in Seattle.

Right Now Times: According to Reuters, which was the first to spread the news, the pilots will intentionally run the reprogrammed program known as MCAS, which is blamed for both incidents.

The BBC has learned that both the Federal Aviation Administration, which is leading the test, and Boeing are hoping the process will start on Monday, unless there are hurdles in the last minutes.

The Ethiopian Airlines ET302 crash site in March
Right Now Times: Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed with flight No. ET302 shortly after takeoff

Right Now Times: On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Authority confirmed in an e-mail to the US Congress that it had approved the 737 MAX major test flights.

The letter indicated that the Aviation Authority had not taken a decision regarding its return to service and “has a number of additional steps to take,” according to Reuters reports.

Right Now Times: The test flights were to be conducted last year, but investigations revealed a new set of safety problems that delayed the return of the aircraft to service.

The European Aviation Safety Agency emphasized that the Federal Aviation Authority announcement does not mean that aircraft of this type will obtain a permit to travel to Europe automatically.

Right Now Times: Among the airlines that use 737 MAX in Europe are Norwegian Airlines and Icelandair, while other airlines have requested delivery of this type of aircraft.

Boeing and the Federal Aviation Authority declined to comment.

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