Boeing employee instant messages suggest planemaker misled FAA on 737 Max

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'So I basically liked to the regulators': Boeing shares plunge after revelation of pilots' instant messages suggesting planemaker misled FAA on key 737 Max safety system in 2016 Boeing handed over the 'concerning' 2016 instant messages to FAA on Thursday Messages between two employees describe communications with the FAA Sources say they suggest Boeing misled FAA about a key safety system FAA says that Boeing was aware of the messages for months but withheld them Boeing shares plunged as much as 4% in afternoon trading on Friday 

By Keith Griffith For 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

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