Thursday, October 14, 2021

"A federal grand jury in Texas on Thursday indicted ... Boeing’s former chief technical pilot on the 737 MAX program, charging him with fraud"

Seattle Times:

In these exchanges, [he] bragged about how he had “jedi mind tricked” airlines into choosing the minimum pilot training option.

[He] described how he persuaded Lion Air officials who wanted to train their pilots on MAX simulators to drop the idea, telling them this was “a difficult and unnecessary training burden for your airline.”

... in private messages then mocked the Lion Air representatives for their “stupidity” in asking for such training, and boasted that his efforts to dissuade them had saved Boeing “a sick amount of $$$$.”

Lion Air Flight JT610 was the first MAX to crash in October 2018, killing 189 people.