U.S. FAA, global aviation regulators to meet May 23 on Boeing 737 MAX
(Adds details, background)
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration said Thursday it is inviting top civil aviation
officials from around the world to a May 23 meeting to discuss
the now-grounded Boeing 737 MAX.
The aircraft has been involved in two deadly crashes since
October. The FAA said the meeting "is intended to provide
participants the FAA’s safety analysis that will inform its
decision to return the 737 MAX fleet to service in the U.S. when
it is made."
The FAA, which did not disclose where the meeting will take
place, said that at the May 23 meeting it will "provide safety
experts to answer any questions participants have related to
their respective decisions to return the fleet to service." It
will not include Boeing at the meeting.
The meeting is separate from a joint governmental review of
the Boeing 737 MAX led by the FAA that will begin on April 29
and will include nine other aviation regulators from around the
world. The FAA has said a decision on when to unground the plane
is separate from that joint review.
Boeing has announced a planned software update on the 737
MAX to prevent erroneous data from triggering an anti-stall
system known as MCAS that is under scrutiny following the two
disastrous nose-down crashes. It has not yet submitted the
software to the FAA for formal approval.
Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said last
week the manufacturer is making “steady progress” on the path to
certifying a software update to the grounded 737 MAX and has
made the final test flight before a certification flight.
The FAA said this month it was forming an international team
to review the safety of the aircraft, grounded worldwide
following two deadly crashes - in Indonesia in October and in
Ethiopia last month - that killed nearly 350 people.
China, the European Aviation Safety Agency, Canada, Brazil,
Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab
Emirates will all take part in the review set to last 90 days,
the FAA said.
The review is chaired by former National Transportation
Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart and is comprised of a team of
experts from the FAA, NASA and international aviation
authorities. The group will conduct a comprehensive review of
the certification of the aircraft’s automated flight control
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines Co
have canceled flights into August as a result of the grounding.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Cynthia Osterman)
First Published: 2019-04-25 19:27:08
Updated 2019-04-25 19:59:47
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