European pilots urge EU regulator to conduct independent review of Boeing 737 Max

  • A European pilots’ group is urging the EU’s aviation regulator to conduct an independent review of the Boeing 737 Max.
  • The planes have been grounded since mid-March following two fatal crashes.
  • The FAA on Thursday is updating its international counterparts about fixes for the plane at a meeting in Texas.

A European pilots’ group Thursday urged the region’s aviation regulator to conduct its own thorough and independent review of the Boeing 737 Max before allowing the planes to fly again.

International air safety regulators, including the Federal Aviation Administration, grounded the close to 400 Max jets that were in service in mid-March after two fatal crashes within less than five months of one another killed a combined 346 people.

“Simply accepting the FAA’s word on the Max’s safety won’t be enough,” the European Cockpit Association said in a statement. The group represents 38,000 European pilots, including those at airlines that have purchased the Boeing 737 Max, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Ryanair.

The group’s comments come as the FAA meets with its international counterparts in Texas on Thursday to provide an update on its process of approving Boeing’s changes to the planes in an effort to get them flying again.

Operators of the Boeing 737 Max are grappling with how to reintroduce the plane in their fleets if the FAA and other authorities approve its return. The absence of the plane has forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights during the busy summer travel season. Confidence from pilots and flight attendants is key to that strategy, and Boeing has met with both groups in recent weeks to discuss the changes it’s preparing…



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