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FAA Says Boeing 737 Max Still Airworthy Despite Second Crash

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  • Agency signals it won’t follow China in grounding the model
  • Ethiopian disaster Sunday followed Lion Air accident last year
Boeing Faces Crisis After Second 737 Max Crash

U.S. aviation regulators signaled their confidence in the safety of Boeing Co.’s embattled 737 Max jetliner, issuing a global notice of “continued airworthiness” a day after the model’s second deadly crash in less than five months.

There isn’t conclusive evidence so far to link the loss of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 on Sunday and a fatal Lion Air disaster involving the same jet model in October, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday. Boeing is working on improvements to the plane’s flight-control system and the FAA plans to publish a related directive to operators no later than April.