FORT WORTH, Texas — A judge has tossed two of six fraud counts against a former Boeing pilot involved in evaluating the troubled Boeing 737 Max airliner.

A federal judge in Fort Worth on Tuesday dismissed, on technical grounds, counts that accused Mark A. Forkner of making and using “a materially false writing… concerning an aircraft part,” in violation of federal law.

The counts dropped involve software manipulation.

The main accusations involving downplaying the changes to MCAS resulting in missing information in pilot manuals and no-simulator training remain.

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