Boeing Whistleblower Tells Lawmakers: “They Are Putting Out Defective Airplanes”

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from ZeroHedge:

Update (1530ET): 

“I have serious concerns about the safety of the 787 and 777 aircraft, and I’m willing to take on professional risk to talk about them,” Boeing whistleblower Sam Salehpour said in his opening statement on Capitol Hill today at the second Senate committee investigating the plane manufacturer’s safety problems. He said when he raised concerns about the 787 Dreamliner, he was “ignored” by the company and “told not to create delays. I was told, frankly, to shut up.”

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Salehpour warned that the 787 Dreamliner fuselage was improperly put together and that the company “rushed to address the bottlenecks in production.” The result, he warned, is “premature fatigue failure” on these planes. He noted, “They are putting out defective airplanes.” 

“If something happens to me, I am at peace because I feel like coming forward, I will be saving a lot of lives,” he added.

Boeing did not have any witnesses at the hearing, but a spokesperson for the company told The Hill the company “understands the important oversight responsibilities of the Subcommittee and we are cooperating with this inquiry. We have offered to provide documents, testimony, and technical briefings, and are in discussions with the Subcommittee regarding next steps.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the committee chair, thanked the whistleblower for “speaking truth to power in the best sense of that word. Thank you for facing down one of the most powerful companies in the world.”

Blumenthal added, “We intend to uncover what has enabled the culture of safety disregard to exist, so that we can change it for good.”

In early March, the last Boeing whistleblower was found dead in his car from a “self-inflicted wound.”

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Update (1113ET):

The second Senate hearing on Boeing is about to begin (1115 ET). Lawmakers will hear whistleblower allegations about significant safety lapses in Boeing’s manufacturing of the 787 Dreamliner.

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