Boeing’s 737 Max has remained grounded for the better part of this year following two fatal crashes involving the plane. Investigations later revealed problems with the plane’s MCAS system which have since been addressed by Boeing. However, the jet has gone through additional scrutiny before it’s allowed to return to the skies. According to a report, European regulators have found a problem with the 737 Max’s autopilot.
According to Bloomberg, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has sent a list of issues with the plane that it would like the company to fix. This list has been sent to Boeing as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. These requirements have to be met before the regulators allow the plane to enter service in Europe again.
The list includes some items that have already been reported such as the software issue that the FAA highlighted recently which is related to a lagging microprocessor. This concern was uncovered last month and Boeing had said that it would need until September to fix the issue. The European regulators also found that the plane’s autopilot fails to disengage in certain emergencies. This could lead to problems for pilots when they want to take over from the autopilot system in the event of an emergency.
The FAA hasn’t highlighted this issue as yet so it’s unclear at this point in time how much more time Boeing would require to attend to this as well.
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