Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.For the next two hours, the MAX slowed as it climbed, then sped up as it dropped, cycling between the two more than a dozen times. Its altitude fluctuated between 10,000 and 14,000 feet, its speed between 150 and 300 mph. All the while, it stayed in the same general area, far from normal air traffic, producing a flight path that resembled a pile of bent-out-of-shape paper clips. Then it climbed again, cruised back toward Seattle, and landed. (The FAA grounding order applied to MAX 8 and MAX 9 varieties of the jet; Boeing has yet to deliver any MAX 7s.)
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