Boeing’s 737 Max may soon be taking to the skies with passengers, as the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) on Wednesday cleared carriers to seek the proper certifications for the aircraft before returning to service. Following two deadly crashes—in March 2019 by Ethiopian Airlines and in October 2018 by Indonesia’s Lion Air—the 737 Max aircraft were grounded worldwide. In total, all 346 people onboard the flights were killed.
Steve Dickson, administrator of the F.A.A., rescinded its Emergency Order of Probation, which was issued on March 13, 2019, on Boeing 737-8 and 737-9 airplanes. This means, Boeing is now able to operate its aircraft after passing set requirements. In the order, the Dickson said, “The F.A.A. determined that the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents involved a common cause, identified an unsafe condition that existed in the product and was likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design, and began proceedings to address the unsafe condition.”
The New York Times reports that investigators found the problems to relate to engineering flaws, mismanagement and a lack of federal oversight. The root of the problems was MCAS, a software that was designed to automatically push the plane’s nose down in certain situations. This has been named as the cause for both crashes.