The Boeing 737 MAX is expected to return to Europe “sometime in January”. Patrick Ky, Director of the European Aviation Authority EASA, said this in an interview with the French newspaper La Tribune.
He said last month that the problem plane is again considered safe and the paperwork will be closed. According to him, all research shows that the aircraft can be put back into service.
The FAA gave the green light last week. The Boeing aircraft have been on the ground for more than a year and a half, as two fatal accidents occurred with the aircraft type in a short period of time.
A total of 346 people were killed in crashes involving 737 MAX aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia. After the second accident in March 2019, flights by plane were banned worldwide. It later emerged that the disasters were caused by a flawed security system that was pushing the aircraft’s nose down. This error was corrected with a software update.
Before the aircraft can take off again, the pilots have to complete additional training and the manuals have to be adapted.