The man, Mark Forkner, who had been unemployed for Boeing for years, was the only person charged with criminal charges over the plane’s problems.
While developing the aircraft at Boeing, Forkner was an important liaison to 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.
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.
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