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Federal authorities say they’re investigating Boeing after a whistleblower repeatedly raised concerns with two widebody jet models, and claimed the company retaliated against him.
Whistleblower Sam Salehpour, a Boeing engineer, alleges that Boeing took shortcuts when manufacturing its 777 and 787 Dreamliner jets, and that the risks could become catastrophic as the airplanes age.
The New York Times was first to report the whistleblower complaint.
Boeing did not immediately comment on the claims about the 777, but disputed Salehpour’s concerns about the 787.
Gaps in the Dreamliner Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner planes, which entered service in 2011, could have 50-year lifespans – around 44,000 flights each, the company says.
But Salehpour’s complaint alleges crews assembling the plane failed to properly fill tiny gaps when joining separately manufactured parts of the fuselage.
The 787 Dreamliners were not grounded, but the FAA twice investigated questions about quality control during the jet’s assembly process.
Salehpour’s attorneys said the FAA was surprised to discover through his complaint that the gaps were still an issue.


After a whistleblower brought up issues with two widebody jet models on multiple occasions and claimed that Boeing had retaliated against him, federal authorities have announced that they are looking into the company.

Engineer Sam Salehpour, the whistleblower, claims that Boeing cut corners in the production of its Dreamliners, the 777 and 787, and that as these aircraft get older, the risks could become disastrous. The whistleblower complaint was initially reported by The New York Times.

It is not specifically related to the more recent 737 Max aircraft that the FAA has grounded twice, according to his official complaint to the agency, which was submitted in January and made public on Tuesday.

According to Salehpour’s complaint on Tuesday, there are “two quality issues that may dramatically reduce the life of the planes.”. “.

Salehpour told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday, “I am doing this not because I want Boeing to fail, but because I want it to succeed and prevent crashes from happening.”. In actuality, Boeing cannot continue operating in this manner. I believe it could perform a bit better. “.

According to Salehpour’s attorney Lisa Banks, the FAA has spoken with him during an interview for its investigation. Every whistleblower complaint is looked into, according to the FAA.

According to the FAA, “voluntary reporting without fear of reprisal is a critical component in aviation safety.”. “We highly recommend information sharing among all those involved in the aviation industry.”. “.

Next week, a Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing wherein the concerns will be discussed.

Boeing refuted Salehpour’s worries regarding the 787 but refrained from commenting on the 777 claims right away.

In a statement, the business stated, “These claims regarding the structural integrity of the 787 are inaccurate and do not represent the thorough work Boeing has done to ensure the quality and long-term safety of the aircraft.”.

The Dreamliner’s gaps.

Boeing claims that its 787 Dreamliners, which went into service in 2011, could last for 50 years or about 44,000 flights apiece.

Salehpour, however, claims in his complaint that when workers assembled the aircraft, they neglected to properly seal minuscule gaps that occurred when joining fuselage components that were made separately. Salehpour’s attorneys claimed that this increases wear on the aircraft, reducing its lifespan and raising the possibility of “catastrophic” failure.

The FAA and Boeing halted the delivery of the new Dreamliners for almost two years beginning in 2021 while they investigated the gaps, so the accusations are not totally new. Delivery has since resumed, according to Boeing, which made modifications to its manufacturing process.

Boeing stated, “To ensure that aircraft leaving the production line meet these specifications, we incorporated the join inspection and verification activity into our production system.”.

Although the 787 Dreamliners were not forced to land, the FAA conducted two inquiries into possible issues with quality control during the aircraft’s assembly. The aircraft manufacturer insisted that flying the aircraft was and is safe.

Attorneys for Salehpour claimed that the FAA was taken aback when they learned that the gaps remained a problem from his complaint.

Salehpour reported, “I saw people literally jumping on the airplane’s parts to get them to align.”. “You’re not building an airplane by jumping up and down; instead, you’re deforming parts to temporarily align the holes.”. “.

Another finding followed from alleged retaliation.

After he voiced another concern regarding the 787 and a different plane model, Salehpour claimed Boeing retaliated against him.

He informed management of the drilling problems with the 787, according to the whistleblower complaint, but he was “ignored and ultimately transferred out of the 787 program to the 777 program.”. “.

Salehpour claimed that in his new position, he had found poor quality work involving body parts that did not align and that engineers were under pressure to approve work that they had not examined.

According to Salehpour, there are concerns with over 400 777s and 1,000 787s overall.

Tuesday’s share price of Boeing (BA) dropped 2%.

The story is still evolving. It’s going to be changed.

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