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European pilots said Thursday they found it "deeply disturbing" that the Boeing 737 MAX was already being considered for a return to service after being grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes.
Faulty technology in the 737 MAX was blamed for an Ethiopian Airlines crash in March and an Indonesian Lion Air crash in October, which together claimed 346 lives, and air safety agencies around the world banned it from the skies until a fix could be found.
US - Federal - Aviation - Administration - FAA
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday that Boeing has not yet handed over the proposed repair for the faulty automated control system for assessment, but some American carriers appear ready to put the plane back in the air.
American Airlines and Southwest have both scheduled flights using the jet for August in the apparent hope that it will be cleared to fly by then.
European - Cockpit - Association - ECA - Pilots
The European Cockpit Association (ECA), which represents more than 38,000 pilots from 36 countries, said the 737 MAX scandal had undermined confidence in the whole US air safety setup.
"For European pilots... it is deeply disturbing that both the FAA and Boeing are considering a return to service, but failing to discuss the many challenging questions prompted by the MAX design philosophy," the ECA said in a statement.
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