Singapore Lifts Ban on 737 MAX Planes

Singapore’s aviation regulator on Monday lifted a flight ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft flying in and out of the country.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said it approved the return of Boeing 737 MAX to service after it complied with airworthiness directives and additional flight crew training requirements.

In a statement, CAAS said they decided to lift the restrictions after completing a technical assessment that included evaluation of the design changes to the aircraft made by Boeing and approved by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other validating authorities.

“CAAS also reviewed the operational data of flights of the aircraft that had resumed service over the past nine months and observed that there have been no notable safety issues,” CAAS added.

The ban was previously imposed in March 2019 following the fatal crashes of Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air, killing 346 people in less than five months.

Investigations pinpointed a faulty flight handling system known as the Manoeuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) as a principal cause in both crashes, the Straitstimes reported.

Singapore’s approval of the MAX came just days after Malaysia lifted its restrictions and months after the United States and Europe, including Australia, Fiji, Japan, and India, ungrounded Boeing 737 MAX.

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