Boeing Sees Dramatic Surge in Employees Flagging Safety Concerns

The aerospace company Boeing is preparing a report to submit to authorities in order to boost production. It also issued its annual safety report, which revealed a significant rise in employee submissions on product and safety quality problems.

A Boeing 737 Max 9 returned to Portland International Airport in Oregon for an emergency landing after a door plug panel blew off in mid-flight on January 5, according to the company’s third annual safety report.

Following this incident, the use of Boeing’s Speak Up tool for staff members to report concerns increased by 500% in early 2024.

Shortly after departure from Portland, Oregon, the door plug panel detached from the plane at a height of around 16,000 feet.

According to an early assessment by a US safety board reviewing the incident, four critical fasteners seemed to be missing from the door panel.

The incident prompted the FAA to ground 171 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft equipped with door plugs for inspections.

A number of other mishaps involving Boeing’s planes further heightened the public’s attention. The mishaps caused some travelers to search for aircraft not made by Boeing or stop traveling by air.

In February, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directed Boeing to develop a thorough strategy to address quality-control concerns.

The FAA will determine whether it will authorize Boeing to boost manufacturing of the 737 Max, and the Max 9 model, based on Boeing’s report, due on May 30th.

The report’s publication follows last week’s interview with FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker, who cautioned Boeing of a long road ahead in their efforts to resolve quality-control flaws and increase production.

Whitaker said that the strategy moving forward will depend on Boeing’s report. This is only the beginning for Boeing, and getting back to building safe aircraft is going to take a while.