We put a lot of faith in airplanes to stay in the sky while it is flying, but unfortunately, accidents do happen from time to time, and that is why Boeing’s 737 Max planes are currently grounded due to some flaws which some believe could have been the reason behind the recent crashes. The company is working on a fix, but it seems that it could take longer than we thought.
This is because in a report from Reuters, the FAA has discovered a new flaw in the 737 Max planes which means that Boeing will need to address that before its planes can be cleared to be flown again. This risk was discovered just last week during a simulator test, but at the moment it is unclear if this fix can be addressed via a software patch, or if it is a hardware problem that will require a more complicated fix.
The FAA has not disclosed what the problem was but what this means for Boeing is that will not be able to conduct its certification test flight until the 8th of July at the earliest, but a source speaking to Reuters has cautioned that there might be potential delays. The FAA will also need to conduct their own reviews of the results which could take an additional 2-3 weeks before deciding on whether the planes are cleared.
It had been previously reported that these delays could cost Boeing quite a lot of money, where they are said to be spending $2,000 per plane per month for maintenance, and they might also need to compensate airline companies for the delays, which could cost as much as $1.4 billion.