Whistleblower Complaint Filed Against Boeing for Faulty Oxygen Systems in 787 Dreamliner
UNITED STATES – According to a news story posted online by businessinsider.com, a whistleblower complaint has been filed against Boeing detailing alleged faulty oxygen systems in the 787 Dreamliner. The complaint comes on the heels of intense scrutiny over Boeing’s 737 MAX line of airplanes, two of which crashed on flights in other countries.*
The newest whistleblower complaint was filed by a former quality control engineer for Boeing’s plant in South Carolina. The complaint alleges that several emergency oxygen systems in the 787 Dreamliner were defective when inspected, and Boeing shut down attempts at additional investigation into the issue.
The oxygen systems are designed to activate during an emergency situation in which pressure is lost inside the cabin. In these situations, oxygen masks are supposed to fall from the ceiling of the airplane. The masks are supplied with oxygen from a gas cylinder and prevent instances of anoxia or hypoxia in passengers.
Business Insider reports that the whistleblower worked for Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, for more than 30 years and retired early in 2017. He claims that Boeing interfered with career opportunities because of his complaints regarding the oxygen systems. His complaint states that the 787 Dreamliner’s oxygen systems were not deploying and had a failure rate of 25 percent in at least one test.
He says Boeing not only did not fix the issue but halted further investigation into the systems. He also says he brought the issue to the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration, which reportedly told him it could not act on the matter.
This whistleblower complaint is the latest in public problems for Boeing. The company’s entire 737 MAX line was grounded in the United States and around the world after two planes crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The crashes were linked back to defective sensor systems.