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After testifying, former Boeing worker discovered lifeless in S.C.

A former Boeing worker who raised considerations in regards to the firm’s manufacturing requirements has been discovered lifeless.

As reported by the Charleston County Coroner, 62-year-old John Barnett died on March 9 after working for Boeing for a number of a long time.

As a top quality supervisor on the Boeing manufacturing unit in South Carolina, Barnett labored for Boeing for 32 years earlier than retiring in 2017.

He has claimed that Boeing ignored security considerations he raised with managers about slicing corners and utilizing substandard elements to construct planes. Boeing denies Barnett’s allegations.

The coroner’s workplace mentioned the previous Boeing worker died from a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound. Police are nonetheless investigating the loss of life.

On the time of his loss of life, Barnett was giving testimony in a long-running authorized case in opposition to Boeing.

He claimed workers at its South Carolina plant continuously fitted substandard elements on planes and he additionally reported defective oxygen programs that would end in oxygen masks not working accurately. Apparently, employees on the manufacturing unit have been becoming planes with scrap elements from scrap bins, in keeping with Barnett.

In 2019, John Barnett informed The New York Occasions, “I haven’t seen a aircraft out of Charleston that I’d say is protected and airworthy.” He accused Boeing of defaming his character and stifling his profession. Boeing denied the claims.

On account of a collection of issues of safety on board Boeing’s plane, Boeing is beneath elevated scrutiny in the meanwhile. Following takeoff from San Francisco final week, a Boeing 777 jetliner was compelled to make an emergency touchdown when a wheel fell off and fell into an airport car parking zone.

In January, Alaska Airways’ Boeing 737 Max 9 suffered a door blowout at 16,000 toes. The Boeing 737 MAX has been concerned in two deadly crashes since 2018.