The Boeing (BA) 737 Max landed the first of its test flights Monday, a big step toward returning the jet to commercial service, though the FAA said it will be a ‘deliberate process.’ Boeing stock soared Monday.
The tests will evaluate “Boeing’s proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX,” the Federal Aviation Administration told lawmakers Sunday, after finishing its review of Boeing’s safety assessment.
The flight control system, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), was implicated in the two deadly crashes that prompted the global grounding of the jet in March 2019.
The first certification test for the Boeing 737 Max took off at 12:55 pm ET from Boeing Field in Seattle and conducted several hours of tests.
Over the next three days, FAA and Boeing pilots will run scripted scenarios on a test 737 Max, sources told Reuters. The flights will mostly take place over Washington and the Pacific Ocean and will include some touch-and-go landings.
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