Boeing informer John Barnett discovered deceased

An ex-Boeing worker who raised worries about the quality and safety of the company’s airplane production was found dead earlier this week, according to authorities in South Carolina.

John Barnett, 62, served as a quality supervisor with Boeing and retired in 2017 after multiple decades with the corporation. He passed away on March 9 from what seemed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as stated by the Charleston County coroner’s office. The Charleston City Police Department is carrying out an investigation, according to the statement.

“We are heartbroken by Mr. Barnett’s untimely passing, and our condolences go out to his family and acquaintances,” Boeing expressed in a statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration and legal representatives for Barnett did not immediately reply to a request for commentary.

Following an incident while in flight, questioners ponder: Has Boeing absorbed lessons from Max accidents?

In a 2019 report by The New York Times, Barnett was one of a handful of whistleblowers who highlighted quality problems at Boeing’s South Carolina facility, where the company assembles its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Barnett uncovered groupings of metal fragments close to electrical systems for flight controls, which he stated could have “catastrophic” outcomes if the fragments penetrated the wiring.

Barnett mentioned that he brought up his concerns repeatedly to his superiors but was dismissed and then moved to a different section of the facility. Barnett later lodged a complaint with the FAA as a whistleblower. According to the report, in 2017, the FAA issued a directive mandating the removal of shavings from 787s before delivery.

A spokesperson for Boeing informed The New York Times that safety concerns are “promptly scrutinized, and modifications are implemented as required.”

Subsequently in 2019, Barnett disclosed to the BBC that he also came across issues with the aircraft’s oxygen systems, suggesting that some breathing masks might not operate during an emergency, and that workers under stress to meet production targets had attached substandard components to planes. Boeing refuted the claims.

Numerous years before the Max catastrophes, Boeing had a record of neglecting to rectify safety issues

Boeing is facing renewed scrutiny following an occurrence where a door plug dislodged midflight on a 737 Max 9 operated by Alaska Airlines in January. The dislodgement was connected to slack bolts and prompted the FAA to ground all Boeing 737 Max 9 planes with a door plug.

Just last week, the FAA revealed that its assessment spanning six weeks, triggered by the incident, had pinpointed various instances of non-compliance in sectors such as Boeing’s manufacturing process control and parts handling. The agency declared that it has suspended the expansion of Boeing 737 Max production and has given the company a 90-day ultimatum to devise a plan to rectify the problems.

Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft were previously grounded in 2019 when software compelled the noses of two new aircraft downwards in a manner that their pilots could not counteract, resulting in two accidents that claimed the lives of 346 individuals.

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