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When will 737 Max planes get back in the air?

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Aviation regulators from around the world will meet later today to decide when the grounded Boeing 737 Max can return to the skies.

The meeting, led by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), could set out a timetable for the aircraft - grounded in March following two crashes in five months which claimed the lives of 346 people - to return to service.

The executive chairman of the International Pilot Training Association, Captain Tilmann Gabriel, has been speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today's Programme.

"The FAA current acting director general has made it very clear that he is not committing to October, which was the real date [for the reintroduction], but there is so much to do.

"The credibility of the FAA and Boeing is at stake here. I'm convinced that there is a fix found, but this has to be now properly introduced."

Read the BBC's story here.

Global air regulators to discuss Boeing's Max's on Thursday

Air Canada Registration number C-GEHV which had just come in as Flight AC 758, from San Francisco, a Boeing 737 Max 8, is rolled out of the gate after being grounded, in Toronto. March 13, 2019.
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Nine global aviation regulators, including from from China, the EU, Canada and Brazil, will meet on Thursday to review Boeing's application to get the Max airplane model flying again, the Financial Times has reported.

In March, Boeing grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after two fatal crashes within five months.

The US firm said last week it had completed the development of a software update for its 737 Max plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration has said it would hold a meeting on 23 May with air regulators from around the world to provide an update on reviews of Boeing's software fix and new pilot training.

What went wrong inside Boeing's cockpit?

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Read the full story as pressure mounts on Boeing and the FAA.

US pilots raised fears about Boeing 737 Max

American Airlines pilots confronted Boeing about concerns regarding the Boeing 737 Max, the model that crashed in Ethiopia on March 10, US media has reported.

A meeting took place in November last year following a crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people.

Pilots said they hadn't been fully informed about the new anti-stall system, which investigators say may have caused the crashes.

Boeing promised to make changes to software but this was still in progress when the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed and killed all 157 people on board.

The 737 Max is currently grounded worldwide.

Read more: Boeing 737 Max: What went wrong?

The aircraft that crashed near Bishoftu, Ethiopia on March 10
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The aircraft that crashed near Bishoftu, Ethiopia on March 10