Boeing 737 MAX safe says panel of independent experts

November 11, 2019
The 737 MAX

Bloomberg is reporting that a panel of government flight-safety experts has concluded that Boeing’s redesign of its grounded 737 MAX complies with regulations and is “safe,” according to an update to U.S. lawmakers.

The Technical Advisory Board, created after Boeing’s 737 MAX jet was grounded in March following two fatal crashes, has presented its preliminary report to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency told Congress on Friday reported Bloomberg.

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“The TAB presented its preliminary report to the FAA, detailing their finding that the MCAS design changes are compliant with the regulations and safe,” according to the summary for lawmakers.

Bloomberg also said that the group also made “unspecified suggestions of actions that Boeing and FAA should complete before the plane returns to flight.”

The TAB was set up shortly after the second fatal crash and is designed to act as an independent body to review Boeing’s redesign of the plane before it returns to service.

It is made up of aviation experts from the US Air Force, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, NASA and FAA.

“The TAB identified several items that need to be completed prior to return to service, including final data submittals and document revisions,” the FAA said in its summary to Congress.

The FAA told Congress that it is still in the process of determining how much training pilots on the plane will need before it returns to service.