The second Boeing whistle blower died after a short illness

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Joshua Dean, a Boeing whistleblower who warned of manufacturing defects in the planemaker’s 737 Max, has died after a short illness, the second Boeing whistleblower to die this year.
Dean, 45, a former quality auditor at Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems, filed a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) alleging “serious and gross misconduct by senior quality management of the 737 production line” at Spirit.
In 2018 and 2019, two 737 Max planes were involved in fatal crashes, which killed 346 people.
Dean was fired by Spirit last year, and filed a complaint with the Department of Labor alleging that his termination was in retaliation for raising safety concerns.
Dean was represented by the same law firm that represented Boeing whistleblower John “Mitch” Barnett.
Last month, another Boeing whistleblower, Sam Salehpour, told Congress there was “no safety culture” at Boeing, and alleged that employees who raised the alarm were “ignored, marginalized, threatened, sidelined and worse”.
US regulators are now investigating Boeing after a mid-air door-panel blowout in January on a Boeing 737 Max 9.
Reuters reported last month that the justice department is now weighing whether Boeing violated an agreement that shielded it from criminal prosecution over the fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.

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Joshua Dean, a Boeing whistleblower who warned of manufacturing defects in the planemaker’s 737 Max, has died after a short illness, the second Boeing whistleblower to die this year.

Dean, 45, a former quality auditor for Spirit AeroSystems, a Boeing supplier, complained to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about alleged “serious and gross misconduct by senior quality management of the 737 production line” at Spirit.

Two 737 Max aircraft were involved in fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019, leaving 346 people dead. Dean filed a complaint with the Department of Labor after being fired by Spirit last year, claiming that his dismissal was a result of him voicing safety concerns.

The Seattle Times reported that Dean’s breathing difficulties led to his hospitalization. Before passing away two weeks later, he had pneumonia and a severe infection while being intubated.

“His absence will be felt greatly; he passed away early yesterday morning. Dean’s aunt, Carol Dean Parsons, posted on Facebook, saying, “We will always love you Josh.”.

The same legal team that defended John “Mitch” Barnett, a Boeing whistleblower, also represented Dean. Barnett, 62, was discovered dead in March from what looked to be a gunshot wound that he had self-inflicted.

After working for Boeing for nearly thirty years, Barnett told the New York Times in 2019 that he had discovered “clusters or metal slivers” hanging over the flight control wiring, which, had they broken through wires, could have resulted in “catastrophic” damage.

He said that after moving him to a different area of the plant, management had disregarded his complaints.

Another Boeing whistleblower, Sam Salehpour, claimed to Congress last month that the company had “no safety culture” and that workers who reported concerns were “ignored, marginalized, threatened, sidelined and worse.”. He expressed his fear of “physical violence” after voicing his worries in public.

After a Boeing 737 Max 9 door panel blew out in midair in January, US regulators have opened an investigation into Boeing.

The justice department is currently considering whether Boeing broke a deal that exempted it from criminal prosecution over the deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019, according to a report published by Reuters last month.

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