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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Boeing Co (BA.N) senior pilot said he might have unintentionally misled regulators, in a series of internal messages from 2016 that became public Friday, plunging the world’s largest airplane maker into a fresh crisis.
The messages, first reported by Reuters, sent Boeing’s shares tumbling, prompted a demand by U.S. regulators for an immediate explanation, and a new call in Congress for Boeing to shake up its management as it continues to grapple with the fallout from two fatal crashes that have grounded its fastest-selling plane.
In a transcript of instant messages between two employees, the 737 MAX’s then-chief technical pilot, Mark Forkner, raised questions about the performance of the so-called MCAS anti-stall system in the airplane. The system has been tied to the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people.
In the exchange with another Boeing pilot, Forkner said the MCAS’s performance in the simulator was “running rampant.”
The messages, which sources provided to Reuters, appear to be the first publicly known observations that MCAS behaved erratically during testing before the aircraft entered service. (tmsnrt.rs/2OZl4Ic)
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