Mark Forkner was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday and accused of deceiving safety regulators who were evaluating the plane.
Dallas — Editor’s Note: The video above is from the November 18, 2020 report.
A Boeing test pilot has been charged with fraud related to his work in assessing the same model, the 737 Max jet airliner, which was involved in two deadly clashes.
Prosecutors said Mark Falkner was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday and accused of deceiving safety regulators who were evaluating the plane.
The complaint alleges that Forkner provided false and incomplete information to the Federal Aviation Administration about the Aircraft Flight Control System, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).
The control system was involved in the crash. It pushed down the nose of the plane and the pilot was unable to regain control.
In 2019, Reuters first reported a text message from 2016 stating that Boeing’s high-level employees are aware of issues with the new flight control system for airplanes.
Boeing handed over those messages to federal regulators, who called them “concerns.”
In a text message five years ago, Falkner told a Boeing colleague that he had a problem with MCAS during a flight simulator session. MCAS was partially designed to prevent MAX from stalling in certain situations.
In an additional message, Falkner said, “So I basically lied (unknowingly) to the regulator about MCAS.”
“Folkner allegedly withheld important information about the Boeing 737 MAX, tricked the FAA into overtly ignoring his responsibilities and the safety of airline customers and crew,” said Calvin Shivers, FBI Assistant Director. Stated. “The FBI continues to hold individuals like Folkner liable for misconduct that compromises public safety.”
Falkner will make his first appearance in Fort Worth on Friday.
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