The Boeing 737 Max made its first certification flight on June 29, 2020 near Seattle. - Elaine Thompson / AP / SIPA

Canada will perform test flights at the end of August of the Boeing 737 MAX, grounded since March 2019 after two close-quarters accidents which killed a total of 346. This is what the Canadian Department of Transport said on Friday.

Transport Canada "should conduct its own test flights for validation in the week of August 24," said a statement. “The flight tests will take place in US airspace. Transport Canada employees will also travel to Seattle (United States) to conduct tests on the technical simulator at the Boeing plant.

Several more steps before the return to the sky

The aircraft recently approached a return to the sky with a series of certification flights in late June. But several steps still have to be taken before the air authorities grant their authorization. The American aviation agency (FAA) unveiled in early August the list of changes it recommends to ensure the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Transport Canada will continue to adhere to the flight restrictions "until the department is fully satisfied that the manufacturer and the FAA have addressed all safety concerns," the department spokeswoman said. The carrier also said it was careful that "the increased training and procedures to be followed by flight crews are in place."


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