The US Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that Boeing's 737 Max planes could be out of action for even longer than expected.

Ali Bahrami, the FAA's associate administrator for aviation safety, said at a speech in Europe that the plane will likely be airborne again by December.

The airplanes have been grounded around the world since March.

Bahrami reportedly said that the FAA is under a lot "lot of pressure" and that the plane will return to the skies "when we believe it is safe".

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