Boeing to halt production of crisis-hit 737 MAX in January

Boeing is temporarily halting the production of the grounded 737 MAX.

The US aerospace firm said it will halt commercial production of the model in January.

It comes after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would not approve the plane’s return to service before 2020.

The Boeing jet crashed into a field 30 miles from the runway at the Addis Ababa airport
Image:A Boeing 737 MAX crashed into a field 30 miles from the runway at the Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia

All versions of the 737 MAX were grounded worldwide in March – days after an Ethiopian Airlines jet came down outside Addis Ababa, and five months after a Lion Air flight suffered a similar fate in the Java Sea.

A total of 346 people died in the two crashes.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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