Federal prosecutors are preparing to prosecute a former Boeing test pilot accused of tampering with the regulator, the FAA, to get certification from the regulatory system behind the two tragic accidents. Wall Street Journal.
The aircraft manufacturer then had direct links between Test pilot, Mark Forkner Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, a civil aviation regulator in the United States.
According to documents published in early 2020, he boasted that he could trick his FAA interlocutors into obtaining certification for the MCAS Anti-Stall system.
The 737 Max was officially approved in March 2017.
In October 2018 and March 2019, two consecutive crashes on Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes killed 346 people.
During the two incidents, the flight control software, MCAS, was carried over based on false information sent through one of the aircraft’s two probes.
The remaining 737 maxes were hung on the ground for twenty months before being allowed to fly again in late 2020 after modifying the software.
Boeing accepted its responsibility in the manipulation of the authorities and agreed to pay more than $ 2.5 billion to settle some lawsuits.
When asked by the AFP, the US Department of Justice did not follow through, nor did Mr. Forkner’s lawyer.
The Wall Street Journal The former pilot was not specified in which city to charge.