European regulator sees January return for Boeing 737 MAX.

The European aviation safety regulator expects to clear the Boeing 737 MAX for flight in January, joining the United States in lifting the grounding imposed following two accidents, its top representative said in a statement Saturday.

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“We wanted to conduct a totally independent analysis of the safety of this aircraft, so we conducted our own checks and flight tests. All these studies tell us that the 737 MAX can be returned to service. We have started to put all the measures in place,” said Patrick Ky, director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) during the Paris Air Forum.

“It is likely that in our case we will make the decisions that will allow the plane to return to service sometime in January,” Ky added.

By Reuters
(Information by Tim Hepher; edited by Andrew Heavens and Louise Heavens)

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