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⁣The people who assemble Boeing airplanes wouldn’t recommend using them. Enjoy your next flight.
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A FORMER Boeing employee turned whistleblower has been found dead after giving evidence against the company.
John Barnett, 62, had worked for Boeing for 32 years before he retired in 2017.
He had been providing evidence of alleged wrongdoing at Boeing to investigators working on a lawsuit against the company at the time of his death, according to the BBC.
He died from a "self-inflicted" wound on March 9, the coroner said, and police are investigating the death.
Boeing representatives told the BBC that the company was saddened to hear of Barnett's death, but did not comment on the investigation.
Beginning in 2010, Barnett was a quality manager at Boeing North Charleston factory producing 787 Dreamliner planes — relied on for long-haul routes.
In 2019, he told BBC reporters that he had seen workers under pressure purposely fitting sub-standard parts onto aircraft on the production line.
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Yuge article - grabbing an excerpt:
In some of our discussions, you mentioned that airlines also aren’t completely blameless in this situation. What did you mean by that?
There’s obviously a tremendous demand for more planes. What we’re seeing is evidence that the airlines are aware that there’s issues with these planes. Four airlines in the U.S. fly MAX planes: Alaska, American, United and Southwest. And it’s not like all the MAX airplanes are built in a bundle and go out at the same time.You’ll have an American plane, you’ll have a Southwest plane, you’ll have the United plane, you might have a China Southern, a Ryanair. They’re all intermixed, so they all have defects.
[I’ve seen that some planes] have less than 100 hours on it and have [some sort of] failure. You can’t blame maintenance because they haven’t been there long enough to have any real serious maintenance. Last April, I wrote a letter to the Alaska Airlines CEO because we’re looking at his data and his planes and I don’t think they should be flying right now. Alaska had been submitting on average 95 [service] reports every month throughout 2023. Then in December, it dropped steeply. What happened?
[In response, Alaska Airlines — which did not address whether its CEO responded to Pierson — said it recently implemented changes to align its service data reporting “to reduce the number of discrepancies” that the airline reports to the main national database. “A lot of thoughtful planning went into aligning our reporting requirements with the regulations and industry while maintaining the integrity of Alaska Airlines’ reporting,” Alaska said in a statement.]
After The Seattle Times reported that errors at Boeing’s plant in Renton, where you used to work, ultimately led to the Alaska Airlines door blowout, you mentioned it’s likely more severe revelations are coming. What leads you to believe that?
This is not just a problem with somebody maybe making a mistake with some bolts. It’s not just that. It’s the fact that you have processes that are not being followed. Breakdowns in manufacturing. Employees being pushed. [Fewer] quality control inspections.
There were whistleblowers [during the 2018-2019 episode] that were reporting that they were removing quality control inspections. And the union has been fighting like hell to claw back these inspections. They’ve been successful in reinstating thousands of these inspections, but not all of them. And so you have planes that have left Boeing factories without [some type of] inspections that had historically been done.
[In a statement, Boeing said, “Since 2019, we have increased the number of commercial airplanes quality inspectors by 20 percent” and increased the number of inspections per airplane “significantly” since that time.]
Q: What needs to be done to get things moving in the right direction?
Boeing’s board of directors — they have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that their products are safe, and they’re not in touch. They’re not engaged. They don’t visit the sites. They don’t talk to the employees. They’re not on the ground floor. Look, these individuals are making millions of dollars, right? And there’s others between the C-suite and the people on the factory line. There’s hundreds of executives who are also very well compensated and managers that should be doing a lot more. But their leadership is a mess. The leadership sets the whole tone for any organization. Public pressure needs to continue.

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