Boeing Whistleblower Cause of Death

John Barnett, a former Boeing quality control manager whose name became synonymous with courage and integrity in the face of corporate malpractice, has passed away at the age of 62. Barnett’s legacy transcends his professional career; he will forever be remembered as a whistleblower who dared to speak out against corporate negligence, even at great personal cost.

Barnett’s journey as a whistleblower began when he raised concerns about safety issues within Boeing, one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers. He testified against the company, shedding light on a culture that prioritized profits over quality and passenger safety. His revelations were not only a wake-up call for Boeing but also for the entire aviation industry, prompting scrutiny and demands for accountability.

John Barnett died of a gunshot wound and his body was found in his truck in a parking lot of a hotel in Charleston.

Boeing Whistleblower Killed

Given that John had just testified against Boeing a day before, people online are speculating that the timing of his death is suspicious. Authorities had ruled that John died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound but that hasn’t stopped people from wondering about the what ifs.

Boeing Whistleblower Killed

Boeing Whistleblower What Did He Say

John Barnett had raised concerns about production standards and faulty oxygen systems. In particular he raised these concerns about Boeing 737 and 787 Dreamliner planes. One of John’s family friends, Jennifer, also revealed that she had a call with John prior to his death in which he stated that he’s not scared for his safety but, “if anything happens to me, it’s not suicide.”

The family friend also added that she thinks someone didn’t like what he had to say and wanted to “shut him up.”

Boeing Criminal Investigation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has initiated a criminal investigation into the recent mid-exit door plug blowout on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX flight that occurred in January. According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, investigators have begun reaching out to passengers and crew members who were aboard the flight that took place on January 5th.

This latest probe comes in the wake of concerns regarding Boeing’s compliance with a settlement agreement reached in 2021, following two fatal crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The DOJ had previously charged Boeing with conspiracy to defraud the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group in connection with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a flight control feature implicated in the crashes.

The incident involving the mid-exit door plug blowout has sparked fresh scrutiny into Boeing’s adherence to safety standards and regulatory requirements. While the exact circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation, the DOJ’s involvement suggests potential concerns regarding Boeing’s fulfillment of its obligations under the terms of the 2021 settlement.