Boeing whistleblower John Barnett found dead in USA

A former Boeing employee, known for exposing concerns about the company's production standards, has been found dead in the US. John Barnett, who worked with Boeing for 32 years, had recently been giving evidence in a whistleblower lawsuit against the aviation giant.

Background of Concerns

John Barnett, a quality manager at Boeing's North Charleston plant, had raised alarm bells regarding production practices. In 2019, he disclosed to the BBC that workers, under intense pressure, were fitting sub-standard parts to aircraft on the production line. Additionally, other serious problems with oxygen systems were also highlighted, which pose potential risks in emergency situations.

Legal Battle Unfolds

Even after retiring in 2017 due to health issues, Barnett continued his fight against Boeing through a legal action, accusing the company of badmouthing his character and hindering his career. Boeing vehemently denied these charges, setting the stage for a protracted legal battle.

Photo: John barette, boein's whistelblower

A Tragic Turn of Events

Last week, Barnett submitted a formal deposition in the ongoing legal proceedings. He had been subjected to questioning by Boeing's lawyers and was scheduled for further inquiries. However, when he didn't appear, concerns were raised, which led to the discovery of his lifeless body in his truck in a hotel parking lot. The Charleston County coroner said that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound (GSW) on March 9, 2024. 

Boeing Responds

Boeing expressed sadness at Barnett's passing, extending condolences to his family and friends. The company, already under investigation for production standards, stated that they are cooperating with investigations into the circumstances surrounding Barnett's death.

Ongoing Scrutiny of Production Standards

Barnett's death occurs at a time when both Boeing and its key supplier, Spirit Aerosystems, are facing increased scrutiny over production standards. A recent incident, which went viral, involving an emergency exit door detaching from a Boeing 737 Max highlighted concerns over manufacturing quality control. The FAA's six-week audit has revealed multiple instances where Boeing allegedly failed to comply with quality control requirements.

In a recent interview with TMZ, he had the following to say:


The untimely death of John Barnett casts a shady shadow over the ongoing scrutiny of Boeing's production practices. As investigations unfold, questions arise not only about the circumstances surrounding his passing but also about the broader issues within the aviation industry and the need for accountability.

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