Boeing faces backlash after another inflight issue with their aircraft

Boeing has been experiencing difficulties with their aircraft in recent years. While some issues have proved to be fatal, the most recent incident only caused property damage.

Independent labor voice Tom Buffenbarger joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent issues with Boeing aircraft and what can be done to prevent future issues.

Most recent Boeing issue

Boeing has come under fire in recent years for issues with their aircraft. It remains unclear whether the issue is related to manufacturing or with pre-flight inspection of the aircraft.

In the most recent incident, an engine began to fall apart upon ascension from Denver. As the engine caught fire, parts began falling off the plane, landing in the neighborhoods below.

Metal fatigue

Buffenbarger explained to the AWF audience that planes can suffer from metal fatigue, eventually wearing out. Like any piece of machinery, the metal components have a lifespan.

With the frequency that plane engines are used and the incredibly high amount of energy used, the pre-flight inspections of aircraft need to be thorough. The best way to prevent these issues in aircraft is spotting them early through inspections.

Plane manufacturing standards

Buffenbarger said the Boeing 777 has stood the test of time, having long lifespans. He then added that the standards for quality have been changed in order to maximize production to meet demand.

He called for an update to the manufacturing process and inspection checklist, saying the current standard is clearly not enough. Updating the standards will restore confidence in Boeing and increase the quality of their product.

Nikki Haley’s connection to Boeing

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been involved with Boeing for years, formerly sitting on its board of directors. Buffenbarger said she used this position to lure the company to South Carolina, where they could avoid hiring a union workforce.

When the first Boeing 737 crisis happened, Haley remained on the board. Shortly after, she resigned, shielding herself from responsibilities.


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