Senate Hearing On “Boeing’s Broken Safety Culture”

April 18, 2024

… they are putting out defective airplanes.

Boeing quality engineer Sam Salehpour testifying in a United States Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Wednesday, alleging issues in Boeing’s manufacturing processes due to the company rushing to assemble planes.

Why It Matters: During the hearing, Salehpour and other witnesses (a former Boeing manager, a former Federal Aviation Administration engineer and an aviation expert) outlined allegations of safety issues within Boeing’s manufacturing processes, as well as a lack of oversight from federal agencies such as the FAA. Salehpour spoke specifically in regards to his concerns with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 777, and alleged that for at least three years, higher-ups at the company have ignored his concerns regarding safety issues he discovered. Boeing engineering executives have dismissed Salehpour’s claims, which come amid increased focus on the company after a “door plug” (a panel put over an unused emergency exit) blew out from a Boeing 737 Max jet minutes into its flight earlier this year.

The chair of the subcommittee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), said they plan to hold further hearings on Boeing (one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial jets) – which he hopes will do better in the future: “Our goal is not to drive Boeing to fail. In fact, just the opposite: We want and need Boeing to succeed.”

Read More: Boeing put under Senate scrutiny during back-to-back hearings on aircraft maker’s safety culture (The Associated Press)

Boeing whistleblower says he’s ‘at peace’ if something happens to him (The Hill)

At Senate hearing, witnesses allege manufacturing shortcuts, cover-ups at Boeing (NY1)

Examining Boeing’s Broken Safety Culture: Firsthand Accounts (U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas