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New messages suggest Boeing staffer “basically lied” to federal officials about 737 MAX safety feature

Previously unknown messages recently handed over to the Federal Aviation Administration suggest that one of the company’s previous associates may have, in his own words, “lied” to federal regulators about a safety feature on the company’s 737 MAX airplane.

The messages, turned over to FAA officials on Thursday, detailed an exchange between former Boeing chief technical pilot Mark Forkner and another Boeing pilot. In the messages, Forkner writes: “I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)” about an anti-stall system called MCAS which has been linked to two fatal crashes in recent months.

The other pilot argued that it “wasn’t a lie” as they were unaware of the issue at the time.

More internal Boeing messages are reported to be forthcoming to Congress today.