Grounded Boe­ing 737 Max to un­dergo test flights af­ter crashes that killed 346

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◆ Test flights are due to take place this week to help de­ter­mine whether Boe­ing’s 737 Max jets can safely re­turn to the skies with pas­sen­gers on board, writes Rachel Mil­lard.

The best­selling planes were grounded in March last year af­ter two crashes that killed 346 peo­ple in Ethiopia and In­done­sia, trig­ger­ing wide­spread con­cerns about Boe­ing’s safety cul­ture and sub­se­quently ma­jor fi­nan­cial prob­lems for the gi­ant plane maker.

Test pi­lots will this week start eval­u­at­ing pro­posed changes to the au­to­mated flight con­trol sys­tem, which was blamed for the crashes.

Boe­ing has al­ready car­ried out hun­dreds of hours of test­ing in a flight sim­u­la­tor in Wash­ing­ton.

It is un­likely the planes could be al­lowed to fly again be­fore Septem­ber, but they could re­turn to pas­sen­ger ser­vice be­fore the end of the year.

A source told Reuters: “[Au­thor­i­ties] will make sure they find enough stuff wrong to demon­strate they are putting this jet through its paces.”

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