China's civil aviation regulator has confirmed that modifications made by Boeing to its 737 Max plane can eliminate safety concerns.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a notice that it is seeking feedback from the industry in China by Nov 26 on a proposed airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 Max.
It has been more than two years since the jet was grounded around the world following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people－an Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed six minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa in March 2019, less than five months after another Boeing 737 Max flown by Indonesia's Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea.
The administration said three conditions must be met for the jets to be put back into service in China: updated designs must pass airworthiness inspections; pilots must receive adequate training; and the cause of the crashes must be clear and modifications made have proved effective.
With the global civil aviation market hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boeing 737 Max's return may encounter a lackluster air travel market, according to industry observers.
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