Boeing makes changes to troubled 737 Max plane that 'effectively mitigate' problems that led to pair of fatal crashes

BOEING is a step closer to having its 737 Max planes return to the skies.

Four key design changes were proposed by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Monday that would address safety issues, after the planes were grounded worldwide in March 2019 following two deadly crashes.

In a 96-page report, the FAA said it is issuing Boeing a proposed airworthiness directive to require updated flight-control software, revised display-processing software to generate alerts, revising certain flight-crew operating procedures, and changing the routing of some wiring bundles.

The agency said it “has preliminarily determined that Boeing’s proposed changes to the 737 MAX design, flightcrew procedures and maintenance procedures effectively mitigate the airplane-related safety issues.” 

The FAA said the changes minimize “dependence on pilot action and the effect of any potential single failure.”

The public has 45 days to comment on the changes, and several more steps still need to be taken before 737 Max flights would be approved to resume flights.

Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded worldwide since March 2019, after two crashes that killed 346 people.

Nearly 400 Max jets were in service around the world when they were grounded, and since then Boeing has built several hundred more that have stacked up at company facilities.

On March 10, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board.

It was the second disaster after an October 2019 Lion Air flight that took off from Jakarta, Indonesia.

It crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 on board.

Crash investigators suspect high-tech MCAS software forced the planes to nosedive to correct a non-existent stall.

It emerged the potential problem with the flights control system was known by Boeing and regulators but pilots were not warned or given training.

Boeing boss Dennis Muilenburg had to quit in the wake of the disasters.

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