Report: China clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again

A Chinese news outlet said regulators have allowed the Boeing 737 Max to fly again with technology upgrades, more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes.

The report presented a copy of the airworthiness instructions issued by the Civil Aviation Authority.

China is the last major market in which the Boeing 737 Max awaits approval after the United States allowed flights to resume in December 2020, and European Union regulators granted the permission in January. Brazil and Canada also gave consent.

Governments have grounded the Boeing 737 Max after 246 people were killed in the crash of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia on October 29, 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines flight on March 10, 2019.

Investigators blamed a computer system that pushed the plane’s nose down during flight and the pilots were unable to overtake it.

Boeing has been asked to redesign the system and pilots will need to be trained in the new technology.

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