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- American Airlines expects to restart the Boeing 737-Max aircraft from March 5, 2020 at the earliest.
- This was announced by the US airline.
- Previously, the airline had targeted January 16 as a date for the resumption of flights with these machines.
After two crashes, the 737-Max aircraft has not been able to take off almost anywhere in the world since mid-March. Manufacturer Boeing is under pressure to fix software issues that are considered to be a major cause of the two crashes with a total of 346 fatalities.
Whether and when the machines are allowed to start again depends on international regulatory authorities and is currently unclear. The start-up bans make it difficult for the airlines involved, so many flights are canceled. Southwest and American Airlines say they have to cancel more than 300 flights every day as the 737 Max fleet fails.
Was it the software?
The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which was developed specifically for the Boeing 737-Max, is suspected of having played a devastating role in the two crashes. It pushes the nose of the aircraft automatically in an impending stall, even if the pilots countersteer.
SRF 4 News, 02.00 clock, dpa / morr; hues
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