Federal prosecutors are preparing to indict a former Boeing test pilot accused of manipulating the regulator, the FAA, to obtain certification of the control system behind two tragic accidents, reported Thursday. Wall Street Journal.
Then a test pilot for the aircraft manufacturer, Mark Forkner was the direct contact between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, the civil aviation regulatory authority in the United States.
According to documents published in early 2020, he boasted of being able to deceive his FAA interlocutors to obtain certification for the MCAS anti-stall system.
The 737 Max was formally approved in March 2017.
In October 2018 and March 2019, two accidents which occurred respectively on aircraft of the companies Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines killed 346.
During both incidents, the flight control software, the MCAS, got carried away on the basis of erroneous information transmitted by one of the aircraft’s two probes.
All the other 737 Max were then nailed to the ground for twenty months, before being allowed to fly again at the end of 2020, once the software had been modified.
Boeing has admitted its responsibility in the manipulation of the authorities and agreed to pay more than 2.5 billion dollars to settle certain lawsuits.
Asked by AFP, the US Department of Justice did not follow up, nor did Mr. Forkner’s lawyer.
the Wall Street Journal does not specify in which city the former pilot should be charged.