Boeing chief technical pilot couldn’t ‘Jedi mind trick’ his way out of a federal indictment
Boeing’s former chief technical pilot, Mark Forkner, was indicted on two counts of fraud and four counts of wire fraud for his role in the Boeing 737 Max debacle. He’s accused of withholding information from FAA evaluators about a system on the Boeing 737 Max that was at the heart of two crashes that killed 346 people,
That system, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), interpreted the plane as stalling when it wasn’t — causing crashes. Emails uncovered during the investigation showed Forkner was aware that the MCAS could make the 737 Max difficult to fly. They also showed that he knew the system was active at lower speeds than Boeing reported to the FAA.
Forkner emailed coworkers admitting that the system was…