Dead informant testifying against Boeing

It was found in the US a former employee who had expressed his concerns about the specifications in the production chain and had turned legally against the company. Former Boeing employee, John Barnett was found dead inside his car in the hotel parking lot, according to . John Barnett worked for Boeing for 32 years, until his retirement in 2017. In the days before his death, he had given evidence as an informant in a lawsuit against the company. Boeing said she was sadly informed of Barnett’s death. Charleston County coroner confirmed his death at the BBC on Monday (11.03.2024). The company also stated that Barnett died of “self-injury” on March 9 and that the Police are conducting an investigation. As of 2010 , the 62-year-old worked as a quality manager at the North Charleston plant that manufactured the 787 Dreamliner , a state-of-the-art aircraft used primarily on long-distance routes. The “construction” mistakes he had revealed In 2019, Barnett told the BBC that workers, under pressure, deliberately placed degraded components on aircraft on the production line. He also said that he had revealed serious problems with oxygen systems, which could mean that one out of four breathing masks would not work in an emergency. He also said that right after he started working in South Carolina he was beginning to worry that pressure on the construction of new aircraft meant that the assembly process was hasty and security had been compromised, which the company refused. He later told the BBC that workers had not followed the procedures aimed at monitoring the components through the factory, allowing the disappearance of defective parts. In some cases, as he reported, mechanical parts that had been thrown into the trash were eventually used to avoid delays on the production line. He also claimed that tests on emergency oxygen systems to be placed in 787 showed a 25% failure rate, meaning that 1 out of 4 would not operate in an emergency situation. He stated that he had told the directors of his concerns, and had warned them but no action had been taken. Boeing denied his claims. However, a 2017 review by the US regulatory authority, the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (FAA), confirmed some of its concerns. He found that the position of at least 53 “non-compliant” parts in the plant was unknown and that they were considered lost and demanded Boeing take corrective action. With regard to the issue of oxygen bottles, the company stated that in 2017 it had “traced some oxygen bottles received from the supplier which were not being properly developed”. But he denied that some of them had been fitted to aircraft. After his retirement, he started a long legal procedure against the company. He accused her of defaming his character and hindering his career because of the issues he pointed out – accusations that Boeing rejected. At the time of his death, Barnett was in Charleston for interviews related to this case. Last week, he gave a formal statement in which Boeing lawyers asked him questions before being examined by his own lawyer. He was scheduled to undergo further questioning on Saturday. When he didn’t show up, his hotel was searched. He was then found dead in his truck in the hotel parking lot. Speaking to the BBC, his lawyer described his death as “a tragedy. ” In a statement Boeing reported: “We are sad about Barnett’s death and our thoughts are with his family and friends”. His death comes at a time when both Boeing and Spirit Aerosystems’ main supplier are under intense control. Form for the incident was an unused from a brand new Boeing 737 Max shortly after taking off from Portland International Airport. Information from BBC