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American Airlines releases plan to return Boeing 737 Max to service
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American Airlines is planning to reintroduce Boeing 737 Max jets to service in late December on the condition that the FAA deems it safe to do so.
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The planes, of which there are two models (Max 8 and Max 9), were grounded in March 2019 following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed 157 people. A separate Lion Air flight, also operated on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft, had crashed into the Java sea the previous October, killing 189.
At the time of the groundings, reports indicated that a problem with a new flight control automation system would point the aircraft’s nose downward, leading pilots to fight to regain control.