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Boeing 737 MAX Cleared by FAA after Probe

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday cleared Boeing’s 737 MAX to fly again in the US after 20 months of investigating two fatal disasters.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday cleared Boeing’s 737 MAX to fly again in the US after 20 months of investigating two fatal disasters.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed an order lifting the flight ban and released an airworthiness directive detailing the required changes for Boeing to fly its 737’s again after they were grounded.

Both MAX crashes resulted in 346 deaths and prevented fleets from flying commercial flights resulting in the longest grounding in commercial aviation history.

The accidents were believed to have happened after pilots lost control of the MAX when a sensor in its flight control system malfunctioned and relentlessly pushed the nose of the plane downward.

It was also found out that was no backup sensor and pilots weren’t adequately trained on the flight control system and couldn’t counteract quickly enough to crash scenarios.

The FAA is now requiring new pilot training and software upgrades to deal with a stall-prevention system called MCAS to prevent the accidents from happening again. 

Boeing has also made software changes including limiting the 737 MAX system’s capability to push the plane’s nose down. 

The FAA conducted a series of certification test flights of the MAX recently to check other safety standards.

International aviation regulators are expected to follow the FAA’s lead and lift bans on the MAX in their airspaces in the near future.

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