October 18, 2019 / 4:29 PM / a month ago

EXCLUSIVE-Boeing 2016 internal messages suggest employees may have misled FAA on 737 MAX - sources

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Boeing Co turned over instant messages from 2016 between two employees that suggest the airplane maker may have misled the Federal Aviation Administration about a key safety system on the grounded 737 MAX, sources briefed on the matter said.

The FAA confirmed Friday that Boeing told it a day earlier about internal messages it had discovered “some months ago” that characterize “certain communications with the FAA during the original certification of the 737 MAX in 2016.” The FAA said it found the messages “concerning” and “is reviewing this information to determine what action is appropriate.”

Sources told Reuters the Boeing internal messages raised questions about the performance of the so-called MCAS anti-stall system that has been tied to the two fatal crashes in five months. Boeing declined to immediately comment. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Richard Chang)

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