/ 13 March 2024

A whistle falls silent


As Boeing’s safety crisis continues, it’s been revealed that a former employee who was giving evidence in a lawsuit against the company has died. Reports say 62yo John Barnett, who worked for Boeing for 3 decades until retiring in 2017, took his own life. He’d been a quality manager for Boeing, but in 2019, he became a whistleblower, telling the BBC faulty parts were being fitted to planes by staff pressured to meet production deadlines and flagged there could be problems with 25% of oxygen masks being installed. Boeing denied the allegations at the time and said yesterday it was saddened by Barnett’s passing. A US Federal Aviation Authority review released yesterday has found dozens of problems with Boeing’s 737 Max jets… And Chile and New Zealand have opened investigations into Monday’s Latam flight emergency, which saw 50 people injured after the cockpit’s “gauges just blanked out”.

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