Washington - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it would establish a "Joint Authorities Technical Review Group" to assess the updated anti-stall software of the 737 MAX series jets to ensure the safety of the aircraft.
The group will be led by former National Transportation Safety Board chairman Christopher Hart and will include a group of experts from the FAA, NASA, and international aviation authorities that are willing to take part in.
Canada became the first country to announce that it would join.
The group will perform a detailed review for the aircraft's automated flight control system and assess its features to determine its compliance with safety requirements.
The announcement came two days after Boeing signaled that the implementation of the new anti-stall software could take longer than previously planned.
Boeing has been working on a software update for a while to prevent false AOA (Angle of Attack) data from triggering the anti-stall system of the 737 MAXs known as MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) that is in the center of the investigations after two fatal crashes.
On April 2nd, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee said that it was investigating claims as to some aviation safety inspectors who took part in the certification process were not properly trained or certified.
The FAA has been accused of delegating some of its certification duties to Boeing.