Three-day test plan includes landing and takeoff with fast record conditions
A Boeing 737 MAX test flight took off Monday, months after it was prevented from flying due to the discovery of a defect that caused two air disasters, 5 months between them.
Pilots and test crews from the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Inc have run out of the test as part of a three-day evaluation campaign to test the 737 Max.
This test marks a defining moment in Boeing’s worst crisis ever, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has slowed the aviation industry and aircraft demand.
The decision to block popular 737 Max planes from flying in March 2019 after 346 people were killed in the crash of two planes in Ethiopia and Indonesia led to lawsuits, investigations in Congress and the US Department of Justice and cut a major source of income for Boeing.
The crew carried out pre-drawn scenarios during flight, such as turning at an angled angle and carrying out several more difficult maneuvers on a path primarily concentrated over Washington state.
A source said that the three-day test plan might include landing and take off immediately after the wheels touched the ground, with the flight plan and timing adjusted according to weather and other factors.