The MCAS 1.0 was a bad design, but I do not believe it was designed with criminal intent. I still believe in and trust in the court system, it is a much better place to find out the truth about criminal activities than the feelings or beliefs of population. What has made aviation so safe is that people could speak openly about what went wrong without having to fear jail. This has led to aviation improving to be the safest mode of transportation in the world. You are much more likely to die in a car crash than you would in a plane. Look, VW was found guilty in trying to cheat some diesel emission test by the EPA. It was proven by court to be with intent. The executives where put in jail. I trust that if it is found out criminal activities surrounded the design of the 737MAX the same would have happened to executives in Boeing. But for now, no investigation have concluded that crime was committed. I choose to believe that rather than peoples opinion.
I'm still trying to figure out where the criminality is.
In the case of VW, that's easy, they did cheat. They installed software to detect if the car was in a test rig (rear wheels moving while front were not was a big clue), and if so, retune the emissions control system to be more aggressive. The executive who went to jail signed papers saying no such cheat device was installed, but it was easy to prove one was. It was an opened and shut case.
In the case of Boeing, we know they had aggressive financial goals, but guess what, that is not illegal or criminal. Clearly we had Boeing engineers approve an unsafe airplane, but that has happened a lot over the course of time. So far as far as I can tell there is no proof this is anything other than human error. Of course I have doubts, but I also have doubts over the Kennedy Assassination. So far all we can say is the "four second guy" made a bad call, thus it's a case of human error.
This is why the MAX will never really be "fixed". The problem is inherent to the design, and if it takes what is in effect a stability augmentation system that makes this a dangerous aircraft and there is nothing that can be done about it except for reducing the size and weight of the engines. And that is obviously not going to happen.
Both EASA and FAA are about to allow the aircraft to be returned to service, so legally speaking it will be fixed. Every jet aircraft with swept wings you've ever flown on has had a stability augmentation system on it, in the form of the yaw damper ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autopilot ... on_systems
). It's there to fix a problem inherent in their design, dutch roll. Clearly a correctly implemented stability augmentation system is not dangerous, we've had them since the days of the 707.