European regulator a step closer to clearing Boeing 737 Max for flight again

European regulators have issued a proposed airworthiness directive that could see the Boeing 737 Max fly made to fly again within weeks. The aircraft has been prepared for nearly two years after fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.

The book of the directive by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday begins a 28-day public discussion period after which the agency will review and may allow the aircraft for flight.

The EASA said the step signals “its plan to approve the aircraft to respond to Europe’s skies within a subject of weeks.”

The move occurs after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had cleared the Boeing 737 Max beginning this month.

Regulators around the world taught the Max last year, after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on 10 March, which hit all 157 passengers and crew on board.

Less than five periods earlier, another Max aircraft flown by the Indonesian airline Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea, ending in the deaths of all 189 onboard.

Investigations into the accidents revealed a primary cause in both cases was a software function program known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

European regulators say their research began with a review of the MCAS but went much deeper and asked more problems about the aircraft.

“EASA made clear from the source that we would lead our own objective and fair assessment of the 737 Max, working closely with the FAA and Boeing, to make sure that there can be no repeat of those tragic accidents, which touched the lives of so many people,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky in a statement.

“I am certain that we have left no stone unturned in our assessment of the aircraft with its rotated design approach.”