The Brazilian airline GOL is scheduled to return to its service with the Boeing 737 MAX. In this way, the low coster is said to be the first company to take passengers with the aircraft that had to stay on the ground for a long time because of safety issues.
Flying with the MAX had been banned since March 2019, as two fatal crashes with aircraft of that type had occurred within a short period of time. These disasters caused the deaths of 346 people on flights from the Indonesian Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines.
After research, it was found that the disasters were caused by a fail-safe system, which constantly pushed the nose of the aircraft down unintentionally. In the aftermath of the air accidents, the US supervisor FAA also received strong criticism, because the agency did not control Boeing sufficiently and could not guarantee the safety of passengers.
GOL operates regional flights with Max from São Paolo on 9 December. The destinations didn’t make GOL public. But according to the airline’s flight schedule, that day will be followed, among other things, to Porto Alegre, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro. GOL has 140 pilots doing extra training in the United States.
American Airlines are preparing for the first commercial flights on the aircraft since the lifting of the ban. The deliveries of copies that had already been ordered, are now also starting up again in a very small way. Prior to the two disasters, the 737 MAX was one of the best selling aircraft of the American Boeing.
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