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Boeing 737 MAX test pilot found not guilty

A Texas federal court has found former Boeing test pilot Mark Forkner as not guilty on four counts of wire fraud. A Texas jury has found former Boeing chief test pilot Mar Forkner as not guilty on four counts of wire fraud relating to the 737 MAX program. Prosecutors argued that forker had lied to the FAA and airlines during the 737 MAX certification program... ( More...

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Tim Dyck 5
So now will they start looking for the real culprits of will the investigation end because the designated scapegoat didn’t fall on his sword.
Dr Stephen Vadas 16
I am so happy that Mr. Forkner was acquitted. The government has tried this tactic many times when they were in the wrong and they needed a scapegoat to blame. I know this because it happened to me. The DOJ has an unlimited supply of taxpayers funds to try a case, but most of their attorneys are bungling fools – they couldn’t get a real job, so they work for the government. Since the jury didn’t take long, the government obviously did not have a real case.
sparkie624 9
That is good to hear... I always thought that was very far fetched!
Mark Kortum 12
a "scapegoat" if I ever saw one.
21voyageur 6
Yup. He may have been on the edges of acceptable behavior which set him up by management as a sacrificial lamb. Ruthless.
Phil Howry 8
It seems odd the foreign airlines that actually owned and operated the subject crashed 737 aircraft, were not subjected to intense review and scrutiny of their pilot training and/or aircraft maintenance and operational procedures. What was the FAA actually trying to accomplish in this retroactive investigation of Boeing when no similar domestic accidents or incidents have been recorded? Why wasn't the manufacture of the aircraft's electronic and software programming held accountable?

Is the FAA paid to control foreign airline's operations, maintenance and pilot training procedures?
21voyageur 5
I think part of the answer to this complicated scenario is that from a business and legal perspective, as prime, Boeing is responsible for its business partnerships as well as employees. Companies buy from Boeing not a software development company.
Phil Howry 3
Agreed, but are foreign airlines responsible for airplane upkeep and maintenance along with periodic pilot training/certification? Again, if this was a true inherent "design-type" defect why didn't we witness domestic operational verification of the issues?
21voyageur 4
I did not state that they were not, however, the onus rests with Boeing as the prime contractor to apply all reasonable efforts to develop and sell, non-defective technology. The software was faulty. Everything else is secondary. Relevant, but secondary.
Doug Haviland 1
That may have been to offensive.
darjr26 3
I wonder why this trial was held in Fort Worth. The plane was built in Seattle and Boeing is headquartered in Chicago. Maybe the defense wanted it there?
sparkie624 2
It was a Federal Charge there fore anywhere in the US would not have made any difference. May just have been the court that had the next free spot or a luck spin of the Dial so to speak
Ken Lane 5
There are Boeing executives who knew they were distributing false information on that system. It's pathetic they got a complete pass.
21voyageur 3
I could not agree more. Unfortunate signs of a profit-driven culture. Of which there are many
Ken Lane 9
I have no problem with profit. My personal definition of greed is when it is done regardless of the results, particularly when denying one of their rightfully own property or worse, their life.

21voyageur 1
Well, the results have clearly been felt by the families that lost members so perhaps it was greed although I tried to be non-inflammatory on that point.
Larry Loffelmacher 1
Boeing could have roasted the brain dead crews who left 94% power on while trying to trim.......all they had to do were treat it like a runaway trim event........
21voyageur 4
But Boeing could have developed software that took into account various degrees of pilotage skills and unfortunately they did not. Ironic, that Boeing was more than happy to accept the orders. They knew/know their customers very well. Money in the form of incentives and stock prices drove them to cut corners and bingo.
alex hidveghy 1
You need to watch Downfall, the Netflix documentary. Plenty of pilots and engineers shaking their collective heads there. To no avail.


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