Senator Marshall Questions Boeing Whistleblower On Aircraft Manufacturing Failures

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. questioned Boeing whistleblower, Sam Salehpour, current Quality Engineer at Boeing on the aircraft manufacturers issues and oversight that has put Americans safety at risk.  

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Highlights from Marshall’s Questioning On Whether Boeing has Silenced and Retaliated Against Whistleblowers:

Mr. Salehpour, Boeing Whistleblower: You know, if something happens to me, I am at peace, because I feel like by coming forward, I will be saving a lot of lives. And I’m at peace, whatever happens, it happens.

Mr. Salehpour, Boeing Whistleblower: There is a culture of when you address the quality issues, and that’s all I have done, I haven’t made it personal. All I’ve done is said, hey, you know, we are not measuring the gaps properly, we are not shaming the gaps properly, then, you know, you get threatened and this and that. All I’m trying to say is that system needs to be changed.

Mr. Salehpour, Boeing Whistleblower: I went to a meeting on the 777, and I brought up my concern in that meeting to say that the way we’re building that airplane does not correlate to what the design of the airplane is, because of that we are resulting in a lot of misfires and a lot of problems. You know, after 300+airplanes, we should be able to make that airplane. And my boss sent somebody to the meeting, pulled me out of the meeting, and called me on the phone and said I threw the person under the bus by asking the question, ‘what are we doing to make our design compatible with our build system to overcome these, you know, mislocated holes and this and that,’ and then he says what was my intention? You know, and really berated me.

Highlights From Marshall’s Questioning on Call To Action for FAA and DOT: 

Mr. Pierson, Executive Director of The Foundation for Aviation Safety: Yeah, 100%. I mean, people don’t understand the FAA is a subordinate agency to the Department of Transportation. And as the FAA has been struggling with revolving leadership and everything else, there’s been numerous opportunities for the Department of Transportation to get involved and engaged. And what we’ve seen from them is nothing, they just kind of are on the sidelines.

Mr. Pierson, Executive Director of The Foundation for Aviation Safety: We met with the head of the FAA and the Deputy Secretary of Transportation on March 8, our Foundation did, and we met with them and we went through 35 problems and we made recommendations to each one and we offered to assist whatever we could because we want them to be successful. But they need to get in the game is all I can tell you.