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LThe security issues of Boeing planes don’t solely trigger victims amongst passengers of buyer corporations (346 deaths at Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines). The plane producer's workers could also be affected, if the suicide of John Barnett is to be believed. He had labored at Boeing for greater than 30 years, till his retirement in 2017.

A number of days after testifying in opposition to the corporate in early March, he was discovered useless in his automotive within the car parking zone of a resort in Charleston, South Carolina, the BBC reported, reported by BFMTV. Since his retirement in 2017, John Barnett has been engaged in authorized proceedings referring to the security of Boeing plane. According to the police report, John Barnett died of a “self-inflicted” head harm.

READ ALSO Boeing 737 MAX: the black sequence continuesIn the documentary Downfall: the Boeing affair broadcast on Netflix, John Barnett defined that “the tradition of focusing on security was compromised. Every day we found things left on planes. In a 787, after a test flight, a ladder was found in the stabilizer. If it had fallen on the jack system, the plane would have gone up in smoke,” he indicated, for instance.

The operation of the Charleston manufacturing unit has typically been criticized. This Boeing 787 Dreamliner meeting line was positioned in a state the place labor prices are decrease than in Seattle, the historic web site, the place the Dreamliner was additionally constructed. In a press launch on Monday, March 11, Boeing stated it was “saddened by the death of Mr. Barnett. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Poorly locked hatch

Four incidents have affected United Airlines' fleet of Boeing plane alone in lower than per week. However, we might be cautious to not make any confusion. The failure of a 737 emergency exit has nothing to do with the operation of the touchdown gear of a 777 or that of a 747 engine. Alaska Airlines, whose 737 MAX had misplaced the exit aid two months in the past, is to not be outdone. It not too long ago skilled a brand new incident additionally affecting a fuselage hatch.

This time, it was entry to the house devoted to the journey of the animals accompanying the passengers which was defective. In this a part of the maintain beneath the cabin are saved the particular crates through which canines and cats that aren’t accepted within the cabin however profit from the identical temperature and atmospheric stress journey. When Flight 1437 arrived in Portland, the door was discovered ajar. When was it unlocked? The flight recorders will inform. It is probably going that the incident occurred throughout touchdown when the wheels made contact with the runway. The shake can launch a unfastened latch. It was nearly sure that every one the cargo maintain warning lights have been off initially within the cockpit. In flight, at altitude, the opening couldn’t have taken place, in any other case the cabin, which isn’t remoted from the holds, would even have been depressurized, inflicting the oxygen masks to fall in entrance of the passengers. The emergency descent of the aircraft follows. However, Alaska Airlines Flight 1437 ended usually.

Boeing is struggling the implications of those incidents. Three passengers on board the Alaska Airlines flight in January when it misplaced its manner have filed a lawsuit in opposition to the corporate and the plane producer. They are demanding at least a billion {dollars} in compensation. After this affair, Boeing thanked the director of the 737 Max program, whereas taking care to reorganize the administration of its industrial aviation department. The goal: to regain passenger confidence, which is at half mast.