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Boeing Whistleblower Found Dead

 A former quality manager at Boeing who became a prominent whistleblower and raised concerns over the planemaker’s production line has been found dead.

According to The Guardian UK, John Barnett died on Saturday from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Charleston police department is investigating. “We understand the global attention this case has garnered, and it is our priority to ensure that the investigation is not influenced by speculation but is led by facts and evidence,” it said.

Barnett, 62, retired in 2017 after almost three decades at Boeing. After finding clusters of metal slivers hanging over flight control wiring on several planes, Barnett said he urged his bosses to remove them. 

Instead, they moved him to another part of the company’s plant in North Charleston.After filing a whistleblower complaint with regulators, Barnett made his concerns public in 2019, when he was one of several whistleblowers featured in a New York Times story about concerns over safety lapses at Boeing’s North Charleston site.

“We are saddened by Mr Barnett’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the company said on Tuesday.Boeing’s CEO, Dave Calhoun, has acknowledged the company faces a “serious challenge” to win back the confidence of officials and airlines.

Earlier this month, however, Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, revealed that Boeing had declined to tell investigators who worked on the door plug that blew off during the Alaska flight, and had yet to provide documentation about a repair job that included removing and reinstalling the panelIt’s absurd that two months later we don’t have that,” Homendy told a Senate committee.

 “Without that information, that raises concerns about quality assurance, quality management, safety management systems” at Boeing.

The company later stressed it had “deep respect” for the agency. “We have now provided the full list of individuals on the 737 door team, in response to a recent request,” Boeing said.


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