Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will not be returning to Canadian airspace, at least for the moment, despite being cleared for takeoff in the United States on Wednesday.
Following the U.S. announcement, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said Canada will impose requirements different from those in the U.S. before it lifts the grounding orders for the plane,
Those include additional procedures on the flight deck and pre-flight and differences in training for flight operators.
In a written statement, Garneau said he expected Transport Canada’s validation process to conclude “very soon.”
The planes were grounded in countries around the world following the crashes of a Lion Air flight near Jakarta on Oct. 29, 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines flight on March 10, 2019.
Investigators found that the crashes were caused by faulty sensors that pushed the aircraft’s nose downward in flight.
A total of 346 people were killed in the two crashes, including 18 Canadians in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
After first saying permanently grounding the planes would be “premature,” Garneau announced three days after the Ethopian Airlines crash that Canada was grounding the aircraft.
Garneau’s statement yesterday followed an announcement by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that it would allow the 737 MAX jets to fly again once Boeing makes changes to the software and computer systems on each plane and provides training to pilots in flight simulators.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said he was “100 per cent confident” in the safety of the plane, but added that Boeing needed to do more to improve its safety culture.
With files from CBC News, The Canadian Press, The Associated Press