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Lead Pilot Of Boeing Had Warned Of Problems Of Flight-Control System In Its 737 Max Planes


10/19/2019


Lead Pilot Of Boeing Had Warned Of Problems Of Flight-Control System In Its 737 Max Planes
According to damning reports that came to the surface a day ago, warnings about problems in the flight-control program on the Boeing 737 Max was issued by a pilot of the plane maker and the pilot said that he had “unknowingly” lied to regulators. According to messages on the issue released on Friday, the pilot had also told the United States Federal Aviation Administration not to include the system in pilot manuals prior to the regulators approving the Boeing’s 737 Max and deeming it to be safe for the public back in 2017.
 
Following the surfacing of the messages of the pilot and about the warning about the problems of the flight control system, the already existing crisis of Boeing surrounding its 737 Max planes has deepened further. Since the fatal crash of the Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 Max plane in March this year, in addition to another accident involving the same plane model of Ian Indonesian airline in October of 2018, the planes have been grounded since then globally.
 
Following the revelations of the messages in the media, the shares of Boeing tumbled to an eight-week low.
 
According to the messages, which were obtained by NBC News, one of the messages from the lead pilot of Boeing clearly complained that the flight-control system, also known as MCAS, was difficult to control.
 
The current investigations being carried out into the two crashes is centered around a theory about whether the pilots of the two planes were able to recover from the failure in flight of the flight control system. The system has been implicated in both the crashes
 
The two crashes in which a total of 346 people were killed potentially occurred because the pilots were not able to recover after a MCAS malfunction on both flights which pushed the nose of the planes down, resulting in the crashes.
 
“Oh shocker alerT! MCAS is now active down to M .2. It’s running rampant in the sim on me,” Mark Forkner, Boeing’s former chief technical pilot for the 737, said in 2016 to a colleague, Patrik Gustavsson, referring to the simulator, according to the transcript. “Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious.”
 
They would have to update the description of the system, replied his colleague.
 
“So I basically lied to regulators (unknowingly),” read Forkner’s reply. Gustavsson responded: “It wasn’t a lie, no one told us that was the case.”
 
 “If you read the whole chat, it is obvious that there was no ‘lie,’” Forkner’s attorney, David Gerger, said in a statement.
 
“The simulator was not reading right and had to be fixed to fly like the real plane,” he said. “Mark’s career — at Air Force, at FAA, and at Boeing — was about safety. He would never put anyone in an unsafe plane.”
 
According to an email between the two that was obtained by NBC News, the MCAS was instructed to be removed from pilot manuals and training by Forkner in January 2017 to a FAA employee.
 
“Delete MCAS, recall we decided we weren’t going to cover it in the FCOM or the CBT, since it’s way outside the normal operating envelope,” Forkner wrote.
 
(Source:www.nytimes.com)