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The rework could be completed by early June and is designed to prevent airplane parts from detaching in the air and hitting and damaging the airplane or falling to the ground, people familiar with the matter said.
After the engine on United’s 777 failed shortly after takeoff in Denver in late February, the fairing broke apart and pieces of metal rained on a nearby suburb. The passenger plane was able to make an emergency landing safely, no one was injured. The incident was the third with this aircraft model and these engines in a few weeks.
The engine blades from the manufacturer Pratt & Whitney are also subject to an inspection, as informants said.
A Boeing spokeswoman said the company was continuing to work with the FAA on possible design changes for certain Pratt & Whitney engine cowlings. The work is demanding and time-consuming and Boeing makes sure that its specialists have the time they need.
FAA chief Steve Dickson told Congress Wednesday that the agency was working with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney. Questions about Boeing’s expected improvement or the role of the agency in this process were not answered by the FAA at short notice.
FAA approves solution to electrical problem on 737 Max
Boeing has received the green light from the US aviation security authorities to resolve a problem with the electrical system on its 737 Max, the company and a representative from the FAA announced. This paves the way for airlines to get the machines back into operation within a few days.
A total of 109 machines, i.e. about a quarter of the worldwide Max fleet, had to remain on the ground since the beginning of April. Once the electrical repairs are complete, the affected aircraft could return to passenger operations, industry officials and the FAA said.
According to industry representatives, the US airlines had hoped to be able to fly their Max jets again by the weekend before Memorial Day, in time for the summer travel season. The holiday in honor of American soldiers who died in the war falls on May 31 this year.
On Wednesday evening, a Boeing spokeswoman said the group would work with airlines to complete repairs as it prepares to resume deliveries.
The problem with the electrical system had surfaced just five months after the Max was re-approved for passenger service in November. Previously, the aircraft model had to remain on the ground for almost two years after two crashes in which a total of 346 people were killed. The two crashes were attributed to a faulty flight control system that sent machines into a dive.
Boeing is in dire need of the resumption of Max deliveries to generate cash and offset the high losses caused by the earlier flight ban for the entire worldwide Max fleet and the pandemic-induced slowdown in travel.
This is how Boeing shares react
The Boeing share listed on the NYSE gains at times 1.73 percent to 224.56 US dollars.
By Andrew Tangel
SEATTLE (Dow Jones)
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