WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed Sunday it had approved key certification test flights for the grounded Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAX that could begin as soon Monday.
In an email to Congress, the FAA said its Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) Board completed its review “clearing the way for flight certification testing to begin. Flights with FAA test pilots could begin as early as tomorrow, evaluating Boeing’s proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX.”
Reuters first reported Saturday the certification flights were expected to begin Monday.
The email noted that the “FAA has not made a decision on return to service” and has a number of additional steps. Boeing’s best-selling 737 MAX has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes killed 346 people.