Earlier this month, instant messages between two senior Boeing pilots that had been sent in 2016 burst into public view, focusing sharp attention on what Boeing knew about the 737 MAX and its shortcomings, and when officials knew it.

For instance, former Boeing pilot Mark Forkner wrote that a flight-control feature now at the heart of multiple reviews related to the MAX was “running rampant” in a flight simulator and that he’d “basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly).” And in a separate email exchange, he boasted about “jedi-mind tricking” regulators.

Under pressure from senators Tuesday who wanted to hear …

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