DALLAS, Texas (KSNW) – Boeing 737 Max took off on Wednesday morning from Dallas-Fort Worth on its first public appearance with media onboard on the American Airlines flight. The flight carried journalists from Dallas to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Five more flights will cater to American Airlines employees in an effort to boost confidence in the jetliner, CEO Doug Parker announced in November.
The plane was grounded in March 2019, after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet. That happened less than five months after another Max flown by Indonesia’s Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea. A total of 346 passengers and crew members on both planes were killed.
On November 18, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is clearing Boeing’s 737 Max for flight. The nation’s air safety agency announced the move early Wednesday, saying it was done after a comprehensive and methodical 20-month review process.
Investigators focused on anti-stall software that Boeing had devised to counter the plane’s tendency to tilt nose-up because of the size and placement of the engines. That software pushed the nose down repeatedly on both planes that crashed, overcoming the pilots’ struggles to regain control. In each case, a single faulty sensor triggered the nose-down pitch.