Still alive for now, Boeing whistleblower says plane parts had serious defects

Source: BBC News [UK State Media]

“Plane bodies made by Boeing’s largest supplier regularly left the factory with serious defects, according to a former quality inspector at the firm. Santiago Paredes who worked for Spirit AeroSystems in Kansas, told the BBC he often found up to 200 defects on parts being readied for shipping to Boeing. He was nicknamed ‘showstopper’ for slowing down production when he tried to tackle his concerns, he claimed. Spirit said it ‘strongly disagree[d]’ with the allegations. ‘We are vigorously defending against his claims,’ said a spokesperson for Spirit, which remains Boeing’s largest supplier. Mr Paredes made the allegations against Spirit in an exclusive interview with the BBC and the American network CBS, in which he described what he said he experienced while working at the firm between 2010 and 2022.” (05/09/24)