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Boeing's 737 MAX could remain grounded


US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has been forced to make revisions after regulators overseeing changes to the ill-fated B737 MAX aircraft rejected an audit of how the software was being developed, according to a person familiar with the action.
The issue with Boeing's audit was raised at a meeting in a Collins Aerospace Systems facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, attended by officials from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Bloomberg reported.
Boeing and Collins, a division of United Technologies Corp that developed computer automation on the B737 MAX, are making amendments to a safety feature on the aircraft that was involved in two separate crashes that claimed the lives of 346 people. As a result of testing in recent months, Boeing is also undertaking a more complex revision of how the flight computers on the plane function.
Depending on how long it takes to satisfy the FAA and EASA, it could postpone a certification flight test and regulators' final decision on withdrawing the flight ban by a few days or even weeks, said the unidentified source.
Boeing said in a statement that it has provided technical documents to regulators "in a format consistent with past submissions".
"Regulators have requested that the information be conveyed in a different form, and the documentation is being revised accordingly," according to the statement. "While this happens, we continue to work with the FAA and global regulators on certification of the software for safe return of the MAX to service."

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