FAA asks Boeing why it hid test pilot’s discovery of ‘egregious’ 737 Max issues

Pilot reports 737 Max problems in 2016

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing facilities at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Wash. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)

The Federal Aviation Administration is demanding answers from Boeing after receiving a 2016 electronic message exchange in which a test pilot talks of unknowingly having lied to regulators and discloses “egregious” problems with the flight control system that figured in two 737 Max crashes.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson sent a terse letter Friday to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg requesting to know why the messages had only been delivered the day before, not months ago when Boeing had uncovered them. “I expect your explanation immediately,” he writes.

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