Boeing Whistleblower Dies: Another whistleblower who exposed flaws in Boeing planes dies - Newztezz Online

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Boeing Whistleblower Dies: Another whistleblower who exposed flaws in Boeing planes dies


Boeing whistleblower Joshua Dean died last week. He had exposed the manufacturing flaws of the Boeing 737 MAX plane. According to The Guardian, he is the second Boeing whistleblower to die this year.

According to the Seattle Times, Dean was admitted to the hospital after having trouble breathing. After which his condition deteriorated. He suffered from pneumonia and serious infection. He remained hospitalized for about two weeks before his death.

"He passed away yesterday morning, and his absence will be deeply felt," Dean's aunt Carol Dean Parsons wrote on Facebook on May 1 . We will always love you Josh.

Dean was fired from his job last year.
45-year-old Dean was a former quality auditor of Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems. He filed a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) making serious allegations against the senior quality management of the '737 production line' at Spirit.

Dean was fired by Spirit last year. He had filed a complaint against this with the Labor Department, saying that his dismissal was due to raising safety concerns.

In 2018 and 2019, two 737 Max planes met with fatal crashes, killing 346 people, The Guardian reported.

Barnett Dean, the whistleblower found dead in March,
was represented by the same law firm that represented Boeing whistleblower John 'Mitch' Barnett. Barnett, 62, was found dead in March. It is said that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Barnett spent nearly three decades at Boeing. He told The New York Times in 2019 that he had found "clusters or pieces of metal" hanging from flight control wires, which could have caused "catastrophic" damage if they penetrated the wires. He alleged that the management ignored his complaints and transferred him to another part of the plant.

Last month, another Boeing whistleblower, Sam Salehpour, told Congress that there was 'no safety culture' at Boeing, The Guardian reported. He alleged that employees who spoke out were 'ignored, marginalized, intimidated, sidelined and worse.' She said she feared 'physical violence' after making her concerns public.

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