After more than a year of forced leave for the737 Max has started a first test flight for recertification. An aircraft of the aircraft took off on Monday morning in Seattle on the US west coast, according to the USAA.
As the, the aircraft landed in Moses Lake, which is also in the state of Washington, after more than an hour of flight time. The also showed with flight data that the machine with the code "BOE701" landed at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake. According to the Seattle Times, the plane will return to Seattle in the afternoon local time.
However, there are still a few more hurdles to be cleared for renewed certification by the US aviation regulator FAA. Further certification flights are planned in the coming days.
The Boeing 737 Max is the new edition of the medium-haul jet 737, which has been built since the 1960s, and was designed for less fuel consumptionworldwide . The main cause of the accidents is a software control program specially developed for the model called MCAS.
If everything goes smoothly during the test phase, Boeing can expect good chances of the 737 Max being re-registered in the coming months. Airlines could put the accident jets back into operation at the end of the year. However, neither the FAA nor Boeing gave any information about the more precise schedule. Further test flights are planned in the coming days. A spokesman for the aircraft manufacturer emphasized that they are constantly working on putting the 737 Max back into operation safely.
Overseer under pressure
Not only Boeing, the FAA is also under pressure because of the crashes. The manufacturer is accused of rushing to market the 737 Max in competition with Airbus and neglecting safety. The authority is accused of not having checked the machines sufficiently during the original certification.
All the more accurate, the FAA head Steve Dickson, who has been in office since August 2019, wants to have the machines checked before they are approved again. Dickson always emphasizes that there are no deadlines for his employees in the re-admission process. Various investigations have been carried out to determine whether everything went smoothly in the original certification of the 737 Max. There is a suspicion that Boeing has embezzled important information, which could have criminal consequences.