Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing pilot texted about "egregious" issue with 737 MAX in 2016

A grounded Boeing 737 MAX
Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

The chief technical pilot for Boeing's 737 MAX said he experienced an "egregious" issue with the plane's automated MCAS system in a 2016 text message exchange, saying the system was "running rampant in the [simulator]," reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: MCAS malfunctions are at the center of 2 crashes that killed 346 people within the last year, and the pilot, Mark Forkner, said in the texts that he "basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)" about the issues he experienced. Months before those texts, the FAA had approved his request to remove mentions of MCAS from the 737 MAX's pilot's manual.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about the Boeing 737 MAX crashes

The shared lessons of the Boeing and GM disasters

The front of a Boeing jet.
Sensors and associated software on the nose of a Boeing 737 Max jet are at the center of a safety investigation. Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Deadly safety crises at Boeing this year and at GM in 2014 share the same, avoidable, root causes — lax government oversight and poor communication.

Driving the news: A multiagency task force this week concluded that "a breakdown in the nation's regulatory system and poor communication from Boeing compromised the safety of the 737 MAX jet before it crashed twice in five months and killed 346 people," the New York Times reports.