Boeing’s 737 Max has been approved to fly back to Canada starting Wednesday, ending a 22 – month period, killing 346 people following a couple foreign crashes and causing severe damage to the company’s reputation.
Transport Canada today announced the completion of a nearly two-year assessment of the aircraft, and issued a “celestial order” describing a series of changes that must be made before Max returns to Canadian airspace.
The department said it would complete the final phase of the removal of the aircraft on Wednesday by sending a notice to the Air Force (NOTOM) banning Max’s commercial flights in Canada.
On Thursday, WestJet is again expected to become the Canadian airline that flies the Max, a flight between Calgary and Toronto. WestJet plans to run three-week tours next week, while considering adding additional routes.
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Air Canada, which produces more pilots and aircraft, plans to return its Max fleet to service on February 1. Sunwing did not announce when Max would return to business service.
In Indonesia and Ethiopia, after two Canadian crashes in March 2019, countries around the world killed 346 people, including 18 Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Both crashes exposed serious flaws in the aircraft’s flight-control system and jet certification process.
Some families of Canadians who died in the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash in March 2019 say they still do not trust the plane.
Over the past year, the families of the victims have called on the federal government to launch an independent investigation into why Canada did not land the 737 Max after the first crash and what it was after the second disaster.
But the Liberals and Conservatives blocked the NTP’s decision to hold an inquiry during a transport panel inquiry in November into the aircraft’s restructuring process in Canada.
“The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing keep saying, ‘Trust us,'” said Clarice Moore, who lost her daughter Daniel in the crash. “The public trusted this plane, and they failed us again and again.” How can you trust when all the promises they made were repeatedly broken?
“I do not trust this plane. I will never.”
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In the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 189 people in October 2018, Canada was accused of relying too heavily on aviation officials in the United States when certifying the flight. In response, the government said it had spent 15,000 hours independently reviewing the changes proposed in the Max and conducting its own test flights.
In addition to design and maintenance requirements, Transport Canada says additional training is needed for the flight crew of Canadian airlines.
“Over the past 20 months, Transport Canada’s civil aviation safety experts have, with their seriousness and integrity, ensured that the security concerns identified by the Department are addressed,” Transport Minister Omar Alcabra said in a statement today.
“Canadians and the aviation industry can ensure that Transport Canada has diligently observed all safety issues before allowing this aircraft to resume service in Canadian airspace.”
The WestJet survey says passengers are reluctant to fly on the Max
A year ago, restoring confidence after two catastrophic accidents would have been a big challenge. Now, Air Canada and WestJet are trying to do the same during an epidemic, and according to WestJet’s internal research, passengers are generally more afraid of flying – and even more embarrassed with the idea of flying on the Max.
The vast majority of those surveyed – 64 per cent – said they would avoid flying the Max altogether, according to the latest information shared with CBC News since the fall of WestJet.
Earlier this month, Boeing agreed to pay a $ 2.5 billion fine and compensation after admitting that it had fraudulently blocked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from evaluating the MCAS flight control system. In two crashes the MCAS aircraft was found to have pushed its nose down.
Prosecutors say two Boeing employees hid important information about the MCAS software from US Federal Aviation Administration and then covered up their operations.
“False statements made to the FAA by Boeing employees, half-truths and inaccuracies hampered the government’s ability to ensure the safety of the flying public,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Neely Cox.
The U.S. Department of Justice agreed on January 7 to the Boeing settlement, which included money for the families of the crash victims.
The families called the deal a ‘slap in the face’
Paul Engorozin’s three children, wife and mother-in-law died in a 2019 accident in Ethiopia. He said Washington’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against Boeing robbed the families of the victims of the justice they deserved.
“That decision that was made haunts me,” Nojoroj said. “I’m sorry [U.S.] The judiciary should have bought and executed Boeing’s executives and key employees and prosecuted them. [they] You know, they still let planes fly. “
Clarice Moore and her husband Chris also called the decision “disgraceful.”
“We expected people to go to jail for this,” he said. “A crime has been committed. We think Boeing and the FAA should go through the right traces of this criminal activity.”
Clarice Moore said she feels those in charge at Boeing are hiding behind the company.
“It’s like a room in the face,” he said. “There is not enough money to bring back the lives of Daniel and all 246 people. This is not going well for me and my family. They should go to jail.”
In a statement, Boeing told CBC News that “the lives of those who lost their lives in two tragic accidents will never be forgotten.”
“These events and the lessons we have learned as a result have reshaped our organization and further focused our focus on the core values of safety, quality and integrity. We continue to work with Traffic Canada, other global regulators and our customers to return safely to 737-8 and 737-9. To serve globally, ”the American jet builder told CBC News in a statement.