Boeing faces 10 more whistleblowers after two die

    Boeing whistleblowers including a Quality Engineer, Executive Director of The Foundation for Aviation Safety and a Former Boeing Engineer, Aerospace Engineer and Technical Advisor to the Foundation for Aviation Safety and a former FAA Engineer, Ph.D, Professional Practice Assistant Professor for Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University.

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    A second whistleblower has died under mysterious circumstances, just two months after another one allegedly shot himself in the head — and the attorneys for both men hope their deaths don’t scare away the at least 10 other whistleblowers who want the company to clean up its act.

    Joshua Dean, 45, a former quality auditor at Spirit AeroSystems which assembles fuselage sections for Boeing, died Tuesday morning from a fast-growing mystery infection.

    Dean’s death comes less than two months after Boeing whistleblower John Barnett, 62, died from an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 9.

    Barnett, who had worked for Boeing for 32 years, was found dead in his Dodge Ram truck holding a silver pistol in his hand in the parking lot of his South Carolina hotel after he failed to show up for the second part of his testimony for a bombshell lawsuit against the company.

    At the same time, Boeing said last month that it lost $355 million on falling revenue in the first quarter, another sign of the crisis gripping the aircraft manufacturer as it faces increasing scrutiny over the safety of its planes and accusations of shoddy work from a growing number of surviving whistleblowers.

    People’s lives are at stake

    It was announced abruptly in March that Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun would step down by the end of the year in a move widely seen as a reaction to the ongoing safety crises.

    Brian Knowles, a Charleston, South Carolina, attorney who represented both Barnett and Dean hope their deaths were not in vain.

    “These men were heroes. So are all the whistleblowers. They loved the company and wanted to help the company do better,” Knowles told The Post.

    “They didn’t speak out to be aggravating or for fame. They’re raising concerns because people’s lives are at stake.”

    Knowles and others inside the Boeing scandals are hesitant to speculate about conspiracy theories swirling around the two whistleblower deaths.

    “I knew John Barnett for seven years and never saw anything that would indicate he would take his own life,” Knowles said.


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