March 5, 2020 / 9:04 PM / in 25 days

Boeing 737 MAX certification flight could come within 'a few weeks' -FAA administrator

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen Dickson said on Thursday he thinks a certification test flight for the Boeing 737 MAX - a key milestone for the return of the grounded plane - could come soon.

"We're working though the last few software review and documentation issues and then I think within a matter of a few weeks we should be seeing a certification flight," Dickson said at a Washington aviation conference.

Reuters has previously reported that a certification flight is not expected until April and officials said that is still the case.

The 737 MAX has been grounded for almost a year after two fatal crashes killed 346 people in five months. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese and Dan Grebler)

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