787 Faces Quality Issues

Boeing has faced a lot of issues with numerous aircraft recently. The 787 is no exception. Recent engine issues have forced the grounding of many aircraft, and Boeing has announced plans to reduce production to fit lowering demand.

Former quality manager John Barnett worked for Boeing for more than two decades and loved the company. When he was moved to its new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, he began to see serious problems in the manufacturing of aircraft. He worked on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the United States but he does not consider any of the planes that left the company's North Charleston factory airworthy and claims quality issues at Boeing's North Charleston factory are affecting 787 Dreamliner safety.

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He stated, "I would not fly on a Dreamliner and I've asked my family and begged my family not to fly Dreamliners because I know, I know what's under the skin".

While inspecting the planes, he noticed metal shaving scraps, leftover from the installation of floor panels, had fallen near electrical wiring on some of the completed planes. He also discovered problems with the oxygen supply on the plane that feed into drop-down masks for passengers in the event of an emergency.

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The FAA visited the North Charleston factory to investigate his claims and found the metal shavings as Mr. Barnett described. Later Boeing was ordered to fix the problems. The FAA also found Boeing was aware of the oxygen system problems and was addressing them, but Mr. Barnett does not have confidence they are being properly fixed. Boeing's troubles continue after the 737 MAX crisis. Is the most successful aircraft manufacturer of the 20th century losing credibility?

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