SACAA green-lights the MAX

The SA Civil Aviation Authority will follow the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) lead, and will clear the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to return to South African skies, subject to compliance with a new airworthiness directive for South African aircraft.

The MAX has been out of service for almost two years following two fatal crashes where pilots lost control of the aircraft because of an issue with a sensor in its flight control system. This caused aviation authorities to enact the longest grounding of an aircraft in modern history.

SACAA’s decision is somewhat moot at this point. Comair, which was the only airline in South Africa to take ownership of the MAX, has said that it has no plans to reintroduce the aircraft during the airline’s ramp-up of services following eight months of dormancy in business rescue.

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Source: Travel News