An article published in late May by the New York Times details, to some extent, why the F.A.A. initiated its investigation of Boeing's Charleston plant. Here's the pertinent quotes:
(1) "The memo [F.A.A. internal memo] revealed that since September, the regulator had investigated and confirmed three safety complaints made by factory employees.
The bracketed info is mine and has been added for clarity. The key words in the above are "confirmed" and "safety." It appears the F.A.A. is taking a hard look whether safety, more precisely the safety of the B787, was compromised in some sort of way by management or manufacturing practices.
(2) "The F.A.A. is also looking into a claim that as recently as late March, a worker at the plant was pressured to sign off on work related to a jet’s airworthiness."
Wow. It seems a worker apparently had significant reservations about some aspect of the manufacturing process that pertained, in some way, to airworthiness, complained about it, but was told to sign off on it nonetheless. This is a very serious allegation and is probably what got the ball rolling on the investigation.
As many of you already know, the top executive who headed Boeing's Charleston plant left the company soon after news reports emerged detailing shoddy workmanship and weak management oversight. As usual, there's probably more to the story, particularly if the F.A.A. brought the "pressure" complaint mentioned above to the attention of top execs in Chicago and started asking probing questions.
And, on another matter, let's bear in mind the investigation into the two B737 crashes is a criminal inquiry. That means some people at Boeing might be facing time behind bars if enough evidence can be uncovered to bring indictments. Probably won't happen, unless some smoking gun emerges, but I imagine a good number of Boeing people are already lawyered up.
Link: NYT article "A Top Executive at Boeing’s Troubled South Carolina Plant Is Out" (May 22, 2019) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/busi ... ogin-email
If the link doesn't work, just search Google, and it should pop up.
Last edited by ITB
on Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:51 am, edited 1 time in total.