After two deadly crashes of its 737 Max 8 more than a year ago, which killed 346 people, Boeing is working to repair one of its newest and most critical aircraft models. With no clear timetable on when it will fly again — the jet should stay grounded until at least the end of the summer — the developments are a huge blow to Boeing, which has thousands of 737 Max orders on its books.Indonesia’s aviation safety agency published a report on the first crash, which blames a faulty sensor, problems with a flight control system and errors by Lion Air staff. Ethiopian officials are still completing their final report, but their interim analysis also largely blames the aircraft’s design. Boeing is also grappling to fix potential problems with the aircraft’s flight control computer, wiring and engines.After halting production of the Max in January, and then shutting its factories on March 24 as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the United States, the company has now resumed production of all its aircraft, the Max included. Boeing also has said it’s completed the necessary changes to repair the plane, but the US Federal Aviation Administration has yet to schedule a certification flight. Until the Max is back in the air,… Read full this story
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