FILE PICTURE: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are parked at a Boeing production center in Renton, Washington, U.S., March 11,2019 REUTERS/David Ryder/File Picture
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will not permit models of the Boeing aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia to fly in its skies up until it has received adequate assurances from the U.S. planemaker, the head of the bloc’s air travel safety company said.
Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Air Travel Safety Company (EASA), said EASA would look “very deeply” at Boeing’s software updates and study all the failure modes of the Boeing 737 MAX – the plane type grounded in Europe recently after one of the designs crashed in Ethiopia on March 10 killing 157 individuals.
” I can ensure to you that on our side we will not allow the aircraft to fly if we have not discovered appropriate responses to all our concerns on that,” Ky informed the European Parliament transport committee.
He added that EU decisions would be made irrespective of what the U.S. guard dog, the Federal Air Travel Administration (FAA), choose the case.
Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; @macdonaldrtr; writing by Francesco Guarascio; Modifying by Keith Dam