Despite the deaths of two Boeing whistleblowers, two former employees of the jet manufacturer and its key contractor have come forward with warnings about safety issues.

Roy Irvin, a veteran of Boeing, and Santiago Paredes, who worked at Spirit AeroSystems, shared their concerns with the New York Post.

“From 2011 until 2017, Irvin was a quality investigator at Boeing in North Charleston, SC, trying to ensure that $250 million 787 Dreamliner planes were ready to be put to work before they left the factory. He began at the company in 2009,” Unusual Whales noted.

From the New York Post:

Irvin said he “pushed back” almost every day at serious safety and quality issues he found on planes that had left the factory floor and were on the “flight line,” meaning they were supposed to have been checked and found to be good to go.

But they weren’t, Irvin alleges, and he was often forced to be “insubordinate” because of how many times he called out the problems he saw.

“Missing safety devices on hardware or untightened hardware means that you’re not going to be able to control the airplane if those fail,” Irvin told The Post.

“The safety device is on there. If the fastener is not secured correctly, it’s going to fall off and you’re not gonna be able to control the airplane.”

Irvin worked with Boeing whistleblower John Barnett, 62, who was found dead on March 9 in a hotel parking lot in South Carolina, his silver pistol in his hand, after he failed to show up for the second part of his testimony for a bombshell lawsuit against the company. Police ruled that Barnett died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Then Joshua Dean, 45, a former quality auditor at Spirit AeroSystems, died in early May from a fast-growing infection.

The deaths, paradoxically, may have empowered others to come forward.

Paredes worked as a production inspector for Spirit AeroSystems for 12 years before departing the Boeing supplier in 2022.

“He told The Post he was shocked when he arrived at the company and, he alleges, saw hundreds of defects on the production line. He was even more horrified, he said, when he was pressured not to say anything,” the New York Post stated.


The Washington Examiner noted:

Attorney Brian Knowles, who is representing the two, reportedly said that over 20 whistleblowers have come forward, with many feeling an urge to after the deaths of two previous whistleblowers.

“Most of the people we’re hearing from are current employees,” he said. “These are not disgruntled employees. In many cases they love the company. It’s not about bringing down the company — it’s about getting it back on track.

Knowles said that despite Boeing’s talks about reform, the problems are not being addressed internally and those voicing concerns are being retaliated against.

Boeing has come under intense scrutiny after a series of high-profile accidents with its planes drew a government investigation. The deaths of two whistleblowers aroused further suspicion, putting the storied company under the spotlight.

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