The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that Boeing CoA former chief technical pilot of the company has been accused of deceiving federal regulators in the evaluation of the company's 737 MAX aircraft to help the company save money.
Mark Faulkner, 49, has been charged with conspiring to deceive Boeing Co's airline customers in the United States to save Boeing Co tens of millions of dollars.
起诉书称，福克纳向美国联邦航空管理局（FAA）提供了有关波音737 MAX飞行控制新部件机动特性增强系统（MCAS）的“严重虚假、不准确和不完整的信息”。“他的冷酷选择误导了FAA，阻碍了该机构保护飞行公众的能力，并让飞行员陷入困境，缺乏有关某些737 MAX飞行控制的信息。”
According to the indictment, Faulkner provided the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with "seriously false, inaccurate and incomplete information" about the maneuverability Enhancement system (MCAS), a new part of Boeing's 737 MAX flight control. "his cold choice misled the FAA, hindered the agency's ability to protect the flight public and put pilots in trouble, lacking information about some 737 MAX flight controls."
The MCAS system is linked to two fatal accidents in Boeing Co's 737 MAX within five months, which killed 346 people and grounded the aircraft by FAA for 19 months, which was not lifted until November 2020.
In January, Boeing Co agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion in fines and compensation after reaching a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice over the MAX crash.
Faulkner, who is charged with two counts of fraud involving aircraft parts and four counts of telecom fraud in interstate trade, is expected to appear in court for the first time on Friday in Fort worth, Texas.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of wire fraud and up to 10 years in prison on each count of fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate trade.