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FAA panel reviewing 737 MAX certification will take additional time

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  • The Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday a blue-ribbon panel of experts around the world will need a few more weeks to finish its review into the Boeing 737 MAX certification.
Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, July 1, 2019.
Lindsey Wasson | Reuters

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday a blue-ribbon panel of experts around the world will need a few more weeks to finish its review into the Boeing 737 MAX certification.

The team, which is reviewing the approval of the now grounded jet involved in two fatal crashes since October, is taking additional time to finish documenting its work and the FAA said it expects its recommendations in the coming weeks.

Boeing has said it hopes to complete a key certification test flight in the "September time frame."

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Key Points
  • The Boeing 737 Max was grounded worldwide in mid-March after two fatal crashes killed 346 people.
  • United has pulled the planes from its schedules until Dec. 19.
  • Southwest Airlines last month said it wouldn't fly the 737 Max until January 2020.