Britain clears Boeing 737 MAX for return to service

FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 737 MAX airplane lands after a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Karen Ducey

LONDON (Reuters) - Boeing’s 737 MAX plane received clearance to resume flying in Britain on Wednesday, after the UK regulator followed the EU’s air safety watchdog in approving the jet.

Regulators across the world have been assessing changes made to the MAX and its anti-stall software, after the plane was grounded in March 2019 following two crashes which killed a total of 346 people.

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) lifted the ban on the MAX, making its first significant aviation safety decision since formally leaving the European Union and the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), on Dec. 31.

Reporting by Sarah Young. Editing by Andrew MacAskill