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March 25, 2022

Boeing Test Pilot for 737 Max Not Guilty

Texas Jury Finds Mark Forkner Not Guilty on 4 Counts of Wire Fraud for Role as Chief Technical Pilot

The jury in the case of Mark Forkner, former chief technical pilot for the Boeing 737 Max, has found him not guilty on 4 counts of wire fraud. Forkner, 49, had a major hand in the evaluation and certification of the Max, a position that led to a grand jury indictment alleging that Forkner was "scheming to defraud Boeing’s US-based airline customers," through his actions with the company. The end goal was "to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing," by "withholding critical information about MCAS during the certification process, leading to its omission from the published documentation training pilots on the aircraft."

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