FAA Chief Sounds The Alarm On Boeing

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(TheRedWire.com) – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Whitaker claimed that following a visit to Boeing’s facilities he had found that there were issues relating to the company’s safety culture. However, he added that he was expecting that the aviation company was going to be pulling itself together. 

On Tuesday Whitaker told NBC News’s Lester Holt that there have been issues surrounding Boeing’s safety culture especially as the company’s main focus has been production rather than safety or quality. He added that what they were actually focused on currently was moving that focus towards quality and safety. 

Whitaker also noted that after speaking with Holt for over two months following the Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 shortly door panel flying off after takeoff, the company had been placed under a microscope. 

After the plane had made an emergency landing in Portland, Ore., Boeing faced a lot of criticisms about the numerous plane mishaps. In early March a different Boeing aircraft had ended up losing one of its tires just after takeoff which had resulted in additional questions about the list of safety-related concerns. 

Whitaker pointed out that something had concerned him at the company was there was no “safety briefing” that had taken place before them entering the manufacturing floor. He additionally pointed out that there were not many conversations that followed regarding the “quality, assurance and safety” as the majority of the focus had been placed on production. He added that while there wasn’t anything wrong with production, safety was also necessary. 

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