boeingA former 737 Max test pilot has been charged with allegedly lying to regulators about related issues. aeroplanewas later involved in two fatal accidents.
The company’s former chief technical pilot, Mark Forkner, became the first Boeing employee to be blamed for the 737 Max’s malfunctions.
federal indictment He accuses Mr Forkner of giving in. Federal Aviation Administration Inaccurate and incomplete information about the automatic flight control system associated with the crashes that killed 346 people.
Forkner, 49, has been charged with two counts of fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate commerce and four counts of electronic fraud and is expected to appear in federal court for the first time on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.
If found guilty of all charges, he could face up to 100 years in prison.
The Justice Department says the problem with the system is not mentioned in FAA documents, pilot manuals, or pilot training materials provided by Boeing to airlines, due to Mr Forkner’s alleged deception.
Investigators found that the flight system automatically pushed the nose of Max jets involved in crashes in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019, and the pilots were unable to regain control of the aircraft.
Most pilots were unaware of the Maneuvering Characteristics Enhancement System until after the first crash.
Airlines around the world have stopped their fleets of 737 Max planes while the matter is being investigated.
“To save Boeing money, Forkner allegedly withheld critical information from regulators,” said Chad Meacham, US Attorney General for the Northern District of Texas.
“His callous choice to mislead the FAA has hampered the agency’s ability to protect the flying public and has failed pilots unfamiliar with certain 737 MAX flight controls.”