News | Published June 28 2019

Another Boeing 737 Max issue could delay return

A fresh new risk might have been identified with Boeing’s 737 Max, US regulators have said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it had identified a “potential risk” with the currently grounded plane during simulator tests, but didn’t reveal details.

The troubled 737 Max was grounded across the world in March 2019 after 346 people died in two separate crashes.

Last month, the FAA said that approval of Boeing’s changes to the 737 Max could come in late June, allowing test flights to begin in early July.

It’s likely that the new flaw will push-back test flights, with the FAA set to look into whether the problem is a hardware issue.

In October 2018, 189 people died in the Lion Air disaster in Indonesia. In March, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing 157 people on board.

Investigators suspect that a failure in the 737 Max’s anti-stall system MCAS may have played a role in bringing the planes down, Boeing is working on a software update.

In a tweet, the FAA said: "On the most recent issue, the FAA's process is designed to discover and highlight potential risks. The FAA recently found a potential risk that Boeing must mitigate."

Boeing has said that they are “working closely with the FAA to safely return the Max to service”, adding that it believed a software fix would mitigate the risk.

The firm reportedly has a backlog of nearly 5,000 737 Max’s on order, making it the manufacturers best selling jet.

It’s unclear when the 737 Max grounding order will be lifted and when it will return to service, but even before the new issue was identified the timetable had been pushed back. 

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Joshua Sandiford
Junior Political Editor
June 28 2019

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