American Airlines Plans To Resume Flying Doomed Boeing 737 MAX Jet

Written by Alyssa Brook October 9, 2019
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American Airlines Plans To Resume Flying Doomed Boeing 737 MAX Jet

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American Airlines just revealed that they plan to resume flying the doomed Boeing 737 Max planes as early as January 16.

The airline added that they are waiting for the approval of two software upgrades that should fix the previous glitches that led to two fatal crashes.

American says it expects to “slowly phase in the MAX for commercial service and will increase flying on the aircraft throughout the month and into February.”

As we previously reported, the FAA ordered the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max jets after two fatal plane crashes in October 2018 and March 2019 that killed 346 people. Both tragedies were linked to the software that Boeing had installed on the 737 Max called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. It triggered a sensor that would cause the planes nose to face down, subsequently putting the aircraft into a dive.

However, not everyone is not here for the jet to be brought back and the flight attendants union issued a statement calling on American and other carriers to put safety first.

“It will be imperative that my members are assured of the complete safety of this aircraft before taking it back up in the air,” said Lori Bassani, national president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents 28,000 flight attendants at American Airlines. “Our airline crews and passengers deserve to have the highest level of assurances prior to re-entry into the air space. Our lives and passengers’ lives depend on it and our lives are not for sale.

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Source: Washington Post