Another whistleblower in the far-reaching Boeing complex surrounding aircraft quality defects has died unexpectedly. The former employee of a supplier had previously drawn attention to serious security deficiencies.

Another whistleblower in the Boeing safety scandal has died unexpectedly, The Seattle Times reports. Before his death, Joshua Dean was employed as a quality inspector at the US company “Spirit AeroSystems”, a supplier of parts for various Boeing models.

At the time, Dean had reported his employer to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to him, there was “serious and gross misconduct by senior quality management” on the 737 production line. The Seattle Times reported that no action was taken following his complaint.

The 45-year-old was reportedly taken to hospital recently after experiencing breathing problems. There he developed pneumonia and a serious infection, from which he died two weeks later, according to the newspaper.

In April 2023, Dean was fired from Spirit. He then filed a complaint with the Department of Labor alleging that his termination was in retaliation for raising concerns about airline safety, according to The Seattle Times.

Joshua Dean was not the first whistleblower in the Boeing quality complex to die unexpectedly this year. John Barnett, who was represented by the same law firm as Dean, was found dead in March. According to the current investigation, he died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” reports “The Seattle Times.”

Barnett had already reported to the New York Times in 2019 about metal chips that could potentially cause “catastrophic” damage to the flight control wiring. He claimed his complaints were ignored by management and he was subsequently transferred.

Boeing’s safety awareness has been criticized for some time. Just a month ago there were allegations from another whistleblower, Sam Salehpour, to the US Congress, reports “t-online”. He complained about a “lack of safety culture” at Boeing.

Salehpour also claims that warning employees in the company are “ignored, marginalized and threatened.” According to “t-online”, he expressed his concerns publicly and worried that he might become a victim of violence.

US regulators are currently investigating an incident involving a Boeing 737 Max 9 in January. During the flight, one of the aircraft’s door panels came off.

The Justice Department is also investigating whether Boeing violated an agreement that shielded the company from prosecution over two deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019, according to reports from Reuters. A total of 346 people died in these crashes.

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