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China to join FAA's review panel on Boeing's 737 MAX

  • News Desk

    Reuters

Beijing, China   /   Tue, April 9, 2019   /   06:36 pm
China to join FAA's review panel on Boeing's 737 MAX This photo taken on December 15, 2018 shows a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane delivered to Air China during a ceremony at Boeing Zhoushan 737 Completion and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, in China's eastern Zhejiang province. - China on March 11, 2019, ordered domestic airlines to suspend commercial operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, citing the Ethiopian Airlines crash and another deadly accident of that same model in Indonesia. (AFP/Str/China Out)

China has decided to accept an invitation to join the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) review panel on theBoeing 737 MAX, an official at the Chinese aviation regulator said on Tuesday.

The FAA said last week it was forming an international team to review the safety of the aircraft, grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes - in Indonesia in October and in Ethiopia last month - that killed nearly 350 people.

China was the first to ground the newest version of Boeing's workhorse 737 model last month following the Ethiopian Airlines crash, prompting a series of regulatory actions by other governments worldwide.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has decided to send experts to be part of the FAA panel, the official, in the regulator's media relations department, told Reuters.

The CAAC said last week that it has been invited to join the panel.

Chinese airlines operated 97 of the 371 737 MAX jets in service before the grounding, the most of any country, according to Flightglobal data.

Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore have already confirmed that they will join the panel. The European Aviation Safety Agency did not respond immediately to a request for comment on whether it would join the panel.