(PM) – Boeing turned over text messages from 2016 between employees that show the company may have misled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on key safety systems on the 737 MAX, according to Reuters. The 737 MAX planes have been grounded after two fatal plane crashes involving the model.
Boeing told the FAA about the internal messages yesterday, but the messages were discovered about four months ago. The Justice Department is in possession of the messages.
The FAA confirmed the event and stated that it is “reviewing this information to determine what action is appropriate. ” The FAA demanded an ‘immediate’ explanation from Boeing’s CEO over the delay in turning over the documents.
The messages were between Mark Forkner, former chief technical pilot, and another Boeing pilot. According to Reuters, Forkner said in a text message that he ‘basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)’. The pilot then responded that “it wasn’t a lie, no one told us that was the case” on an MCAS issue.
Boeing is in the process of fixing the 737 MAX software. The FBI and the Department of Transportation’s inspector general are both investigating the 737 MAX’s certifications.
Boeing’s stock fell by nearly 19 points, or 5.1% on Friday, as the news broke.