FAA Opens New Probe Into Boeing Over Potentially Falsified Records, 787 Inspections – ZeroHedge 5/6/24

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Update (1508ET): Federal air-safety regulators have launched a new probe into Boeing related to the company’s inspections of its 787 Dreamliner – and potentially falsified records.

The FAA says Boeing notified them in April that it may not have completed required inspections related to ‘electrical safeguards of bonding and grounding‘ where the wings and the fuselage meet on certain aircraft, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the agency, Boeing will reinspect all 787 airplanes currently in production, and must create a plan to address the in-service fleet.

Needless to say, shares of Boeing have taken a hit on the news.

But hey, at least outgoing CEO Dave Calhoun got a 45% pay hike to $32.8 million in 2023, so not everyone loses.

In the span of two months, two Boeing whistleblowers have died under mysterious circumstances.

The first, 62-year-old John Barnett, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 9. He was found dead in his Dodge Ram truck holding a silver pistol in his hand in the parking lot of a South Carolina hotel after he failed to show up for the second half of his testimony for a lawsuit against the company. Barnett, who retired in 2017, warned that Boeing had cut corners to speed its 787 Dreamliners into service. He gave numerous interviews in which he described how he lodged internal complaints about serious security flaws.

The second, 45-year-old Joshua Dean, a former Spirit AeroSystems quality auditor, died last Tuesday from a fast-growing infection. In 2022 he raised the alarm over improperly drilled bulkhead holes for the 737 MAX, and was fired less than a year later.

I think they were sending out a message to anybody else,” Dean told NPR, adding “If you are too loud, we will silence you.

Now, Boeing faces 10 more whistleblowers – and attorneys for the deceased men are hoping that the deaths don’t spook the rest away, the NY Post reports….

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