By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com and Wires
Published: 19:21 BST, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 05:59 BST, 19 October 2019
Shocking instant messages between two Boeing pilots suggest the company misled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about a key safety system on the troubled 737 MAX, sources briefed on the matter said.
In the 2016 exchange, Mark Forkner and Patrik Gustavsson, two of Boeing's chief technical pilot, were discussing new automated system known as MCAS and that it was having problems during simulated flights.
Forkne and wrote, in reference to the FAA in the process of certifying the 737 MAX as safe to carry passengers: 'So I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)' reported The Wall Street Journal.
'It wasn't a lie. No one told us that was the case,' Gustavsson replied.
Boeing alerted the FAA to the troubling messages on Thursday, but the federal agency says the company waited months to disclose them.
FAA chief Steve Dickson demanded an explanation from Boeing CEO