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UPDATE 1-UAE regulator lifts safety ban on Boeing 737 MAX jet

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DUBAI, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates civilaviation authority has authorised Boeing 737 MAX planesto resume flying, state news agency WAM said on Wednesday.

The plane was grounded globally in March 2019 after twofatal crashes in five months killed 346 people. Emirati carrierflydubai is a major buyer of the jet.

The United States lifted its ban in November, and theEuropean Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) lifted its ban lastmonth.

"Lifting the ban on the plane is a result of intensiveefforts by the authority's technical committee which evaluatedall the technical requirements from the U.S. Federal AviationAdministration, Boeing and the European Aviation Safety Agency,"said Saif al-Suwaidi, director general of the UAE's GeneralCivil Aviation Authority.(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Writing by Lisa Barrington;editing by Jason Neely and Jane Merriman)