A former Boeing official who played a key role in the development of the 737 MAX has refused to provide documents sought by federal prosecutors investigating..” two MAX crashes…reported Seattle times.
Mark Forkner, former Boeing’s chief technical pilot on the MAX project, cited his “Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination” to refuse provide documents.
He “invoked the privilege in response to a grand jury subpoena issued by U.S. Justice Department prosecutors looking into the design and certification of the plane..”, a person close to the inquiry told Seattle times.
Forkner, now a first officer for Southwest Airlines, was worked at Boeing from 2011 to 2018. He was “frequently anxious about the deadlines and pressures faced in the MAX program, going to some of his peers in the piloting world for help,” a person who worked on the project previously told The Seattle Times,
While the Fifth Amendment protects people from testifying against themselves, it “usually does not apply to being required to produce documents because producing a document is not the same as being required to testify,” said University of Washington law professor Jeffrey Feldman to Seattle times.