Boeing under scrutiny in Senate hearings for allegedly skipping safety steps

Lawmakers and aviation experts alike have voiced significant concerns regarding the practices of Boeing, the American aerospace giant, during two Senate hearings held on Wednesday. The hearings come amid a backdrop of escalating criticism directed at Boeing over mechanical malfunctions and doubts regarding the quality of its products.

The Center Square reports that at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, whistleblower Sam Salehpour delivered alarming testimony regarding safety issues stemming from Boeing’s operational policies. Salehpour expressed his apprehension, stating, “Right now, from what I’ve seen, the airplanes are not being built per specifications and per requirements.” He further highlighted the risk escalation caused by deviations from safety protocols, which could potentially compromise the safety of aircraft over time. Salehpour also detailed instances of retaliation he faced from Boeing after raising concerns, underscoring a culture of suppression within the company.


Echoing Salehpour’s sentiments, former senior manager Ed Pierson testified about Boeing’s alleged unauthorized removal of thousands of quality control inspections, actions taken without the knowledge of regulatory authorities or airlines. Pierson’s revelations shed light on systemic issues within Boeing’s manufacturing processes, raising questions about the company’s commitment to safety and compliance.

During a separate hearing convened by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, aviation expert Javier de Luis referenced a concerning incident involving a Boeing 737 Max 9, where a door malfunctioned mid-flight due to missing bolts. De Luis expressed dismay over Boeing’s acknowledgment of prioritizing production speed over quality, a sentiment shared by many industry observers.


The Department of Justice and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have launched investigations into Boeing’s practices, prompted by multiple instances of alleged non-compliance with manufacturing quality control standards. Aviation expert Joe Jacobson criticized the FAA for its perceived leniency towards Boeing, highlighting regulatory shortcomings that may have contributed to the current situation.

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