A Texas jury acquitted a former Boeing pilot, Wednesday, in a fraud case filed after the fatal crash of the Boeing 737 Max that killed hundreds of people.
The chief pilot, Mark Forkner, who had been unemployed at Boeing for years, was the only person charged with criminal charges for the plane’s problems.
While developing the aircraft at Boeing, Forkner was an important contact person for the US aviation authority, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Among other things, he had to explain how pilots should learn to fly the 737 Max. Forkner was charged with withholding important information. He previously said he pleads not guilty to the six charges against him, each of which could lead to 20 years in prison.
Forkner’s attorney, David Gerger, praised the “independent, intelligent and fair jury” in a statement. He portrayed his defense of the former pilot as a “scapegoat”.
Early last month, a judge ruled that Forkner could only face four of the six charges against him.
Netflix recently released a documentary called The Fall: The Case Against Boeing† In it, the makers of the film stated that Boeing intentionally withheld information about the faulty aircraft.
Aircraft maker Boeing has indicated it is responsible for misleading the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and was settled last year for $2.5 billion (€2.27 billion) in various lawsuits with relatives of victims and customers who have not used the purchased 737 Max jets for a long time. flies.
At the end of last year, Boeing’s board of directors settled a lawsuit brought by shareholders for $225 million (more than 194 million euros). According to them, the council did not adequately supervise the safety of the device.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg resigned in 2019 following technical issues with the 737 MAX:
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