Did Boe­ing know?

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A TEXT mes­sage ex­change be­tween Boe­ing em­ploy­ees sug­gests the aero­space com­pany knew about pi­lot con­cerns over the 737 MAX, and with­held these wor­ries from au­thor­i­ties, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

Now-for­mer Boe­ing test pi­lot Mark Forkner told a col­league in 2016 that anti-stall pro­gram, Ma­neu­ver­ing Char­ac­ter­is­tics Aug­men­ta­tion Sys­tem (MCAS), was “egre­gious” and “run­ning ram­pant” while he tested it in a flight sim­u­la­tor.

The ex­change oc­curred as Boe­ing was try­ing to con­vince the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion that MCAS was safe, and only turned over tran­script of the mes­sages to au­thor­i­ties on Thu.

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