Senate committee to host hearing on Boeing’s safety culture

The Senate Commerce Committee will bring in an expert panel for a hearing next Wednesday on Boeing‘s safety measures.

Boeing has come under intense scrutiny after an Alaska Airlines Boeing flight was forced to make an emergency landing when its door plug blew out midflight in January. There was another incident of a tire falling off of a Boeing plane. Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun has since announced his plans to step down at the end of the year.

These experts include NASA’s Tracy Dillinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology aeronautics expert Javier de Luis, and University of Southern California professor Najmedin Meshkati, who combined to write a report back in February offering their critiques of Boeing. The report claimed there is “a lack of awareness of safety-related metrics at all levels of the organization” and included suggestions for improvement.

Additionally, Boeing engineer and whistleblower Sam Salehpour will testify to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations later that same day. Salehpour has alleged the fuselage of Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes has the propensity to break apart midflight because of its manufacturing. As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into the model.

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The Washington Examiner reached out to Boeing for comment.

This comes after Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun announced he will be resigning at the end of the year. Board Chairman Larry Kellner will also step down at the end of his term, and the president and CEO of the company’s commercial airplane unit Stan Deal will also retire.

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