AviationTemporary halt is ‘least disruptive’ for long-term production, says plane maker

Boeing suspends 737 Max production

Boeing waits on the regulators to allow plane back in the air.
Boeing waits on the regulators to allow plane back in the air.

SEATTLE - Boeing said Monday that it would temporarily halt production of its grounded 737 Max jet starting in January, pending approval from regulators to allow the plane back in the air.

The Max has been grounded since March after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people.

In a statement, Boeing said it would determine later when production could resume, based largely on approval from government regulators.

“We believe this decision is least disruptive to maintaining a long-term production system and supply chain health,” the statement said.

Investigators have found that flight control software designed to stop an aerodynamic stall was a major factor in the crashes, and Boeing is updating the software, making it less aggressive. But regulators have yet to approve the changes.

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