3 min read.Updated: 24 Oct 2021, 10:33 PM ISTBrooke Sutherland, Bloomberg
It would be unjust if a mid-level executive ends up as the fall guy
The first indictment in the Boeing 737 Max crisis should not be the last. A federal grand jury has charged the company’s former chief technical pilot, Mark Forkner, with deceiving US Federal Aviation Administration officials in their evaluation of the Max and scheming to defraud the plane maker’s customers. Forkner is the only one to be indicted thus far in connection with crashes of Max that prompted a two-year grounding globally of the best-selling jet. Boeing’s market value remains about half of what it was before that; the damage to its reputation and that of the FAA is immeasurable.