Boeing submits initial plan for resolving 737 Max wiring concerns

A Boeing 737 MAX 9 is pictured outside the factory in Renton, Washington.

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After weeks of assessing concerns about the placement of wiring bundles in 737 Max airplanes, Boeing has submitted its initial recommendation to the FAA for how to resolve the issue. Sources say Boeing believes it does not need to modify the wiring bundles nor move their location within the plane.

Technical staff with the FAA and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency have raised questions about the potential for the wiring bundles to short circuit. In a worst case scenario that could lead to a crash if pilots did not handle the situation correctly.

Boeing and the FAA declined to comment on the exact recommendation made for resolving the issue.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and his staff will review Boeing’s proposal and discuss it with engineers before issuing a decision on what should happen next. Earlier this month in London, England, Dickson told reporters he expected to make a decision on the wiring issue within the next few weeks.

Boeing says any modifications that may be needed for Max wiring bundles will not change the company’s estimate for the plane being ungrounded and returning to service by the middle of the year.

While regulators and Boeing work on resolving the remaining issues with the Max that still need to be fixed, United Airlines has pushed back the date when it expects to put the planes back in service.

United says it has pulled the Max from its schedule until Sept. 4. On Thursday, Southwest Airlines, which operates more Max planes than any other airline, announced it will not be flying the plane until August 10.

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