WASHINGTON: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has started Boeing 737 MAX recertification test flights, marking a major step towards the globally grounded aircraft's return to service. A 737 MAX aircraft departed from Boeing Field in Seattle on Monday morning for the first round of testing, said the FAA said in a statement, confirming that the administration and Boeing were conducting a series of certification flights this week to evaluate the airplane giant's proposed changes to the fleet's automated flight control system.
The certification flights, which are expected to take approximately three days, will include a wide array of flight maneuvers and emergency procedures to assess whether the changes meet FAA certification standards, reports Xinhua news agency. The tests were being conducted by test pilots and engineers from the FAA and Boeing. (IANS)
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