Boeing, one of the largest airplane manufacturers globally, is now the subject of a federal investigation following whistleblower allegations regarding its 787 Dreamliner.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed the probe in response to claims by a Boeing quality engineer that the aircraft’s fuselage might be prone to breaking apart mid-air after extensive use.

These claims are tied to what the whistleblower describes as manufacturing shortcuts, which could potentially lead to premature wear of crucial airplane joints.

The allegations have surfaced ahead of planned congressional hearings on the matter next week, signaling increased scrutiny of Boeing’s manufacturing processes.

Boeing has countered the claims, expressing full confidence in the 787’s safety, citing extensive stress testing that, according to them, ensures the aircraft’s long-term structural integrity.

This comes in a turbulent period for Boeing, still reeling from past incidents, including two fatal 737 MAX crashes and a mid-air incident on an Alaska Air flight earlier this year.

The company has implemented leadership changes to bolster its commitment to quality and safety amid these challenges.

The recent whistleblower, employed at Boeing’s South Carolina plant and linked to another whistleblower who tragically died last month, highlighted ongoing concerns about Boeing’s production practices.

As the congressional hearings approach, the aerospace community is watching closely, anticipating outcomes that may reshape safety protocols in aircraft manufacturing.

Original Source: NY Times