Europe's top air safety official said he thinks the Boeing 737 Max is ready to fly again
- The boss of Europe's aviation regulator said he thinks the Boeing 737 Max is safe to fly, Bloomberg reported.
- Patrick Ky said his European Union Aviation Safety Agency is likely to formally approve the aircraft to operate in around a month.
- The 737 Max has been grounded since the second of two crashes that killed 346 people, which brought about the biggest crisis in Boeing's history.
- The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) hasn't approved the craft either, but is also preparing to do so, Bloomberg reported.
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The head of the European Union aviation regulator said he considers the Boeing 737 Max safe to fly once again, nineteen months after it was grounded following two fatal crashes, Bloomberg News reported.
Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), told the outlet that he considers the plane is safe to fly in European airspace after two test flights were conducted in September.
The EASA has not yet formally approved the plane to fly, but Ky told Bloomberg that he expects approval to come in around a month after administrative processes are complete.
The EASA grounded the 737 Max in March 2019 after the second of two crashes that resulted in a combined 346 deaths.
Production was halted in early 2020 while the company addressed design flaws. The 737 Max crashes plunged Boeing into the deepest crisis of its history, leading to canceled orders, layoffs, and the departure of its CEO.
Approval from major regulators like the EASA to operate once more could give the company a chance to recover.
Ky told Bloomberg: "Our analysis is showing that this is safe, and the level of safety reached is high enough for us."
He said that the agency would like for an extra sensor to be added to the plane to make it safer still in future.
The US regulator — the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) — is also preparing to declare its approval, Bloomberg said.
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