Headline RoundupApril 17th, 2024

Boeing Whistleblowers Testify Before Senate Committee Over Recent Incidents

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Multiple Boeing whistleblowers testified before a Senate committee on Wednesday regarding recent mechanical troubles on Boeing airplanes.

For Context: In recent months, a number of incidents involving Boeing planes have placed the spotlight on the manufacturing processes of Boeing and sparked an investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration. The concerns center around the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane. On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s investigations subcommittee heard testimonies from multiple Boeing employees.

Details: Sam Salehpour, an engineer at Boeing for over a decade, told the committee that the company is “taking manufacturing shortcuts on the 787 program that may significantly reduce the airplane’s safety and the life cycle.” Speaking with NBC News (Lean Left bias), Salehpour added, “I think it's as serious as I have ever seen in my lifetime. The entire fleet worldwide, as far as I'm concerned, needs attention.” Ed Pierson, a former senior manager for Boeing, warned the committee of a “criminal cover-up” at Boeing, adding, “Boeing's corporate leaders continue to conceal the truth, they continue to mislead and deceive the public about the safety of planes.”

Boeing’s Response: A statement from Boeing read, “Boeing 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.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum are covering the whistleblower testimonies moderately and similarly.

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