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Boeing Starliner Launch Delayed Indefinitely

Multiple issues with spacecraft have been detected since May 6 launch was scrubbed

(Newser) - After years of delays, the first crewed flight of Boeing's Starliner capsule was called off within two hours of its launch time earlier this month. It was rescheduled multiple times, but the latest launch date, May 25, has now been called off and NASA doesn't have a new...

DOJ: Boeing Breached Deal to Avoid Prosecution on 737 Max

It's not clear if the Justice Department will now file charges over the beleaguered aircraft

(Newser) - Boeing has violated a settlement that allowed the company to avoid criminal prosecution after two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft, the Justice Department told a federal judge on Tuesday. It's now up to the Justice Department to decide whether to file charges against the aircraft maker amid...

Boeing 737 Catches Fire, Skids Off Runway

10 injured in Senegal incident

(Newser) - A Boeing 737-3 plane carrying 85 people skidded off a runway at the airport in Dakar, Senegal's capital, injuring 10 people, according to the transport minister, an airline safety group, and footage from a passenger that showed the aircraft on fire. "Notre avion vient de prendre feu"—...

Another Boeing Plane Grabs Headlines, This Time in Istanbul

Front landing gear failed to open on one of its 767s

(Newser) - Boeing's string of unfortunate headlines continued Wednesday with the news that one of its cargo planes had to make an emergency landing after its front landing gear failed to open. The Boeing 767 aircraft, which was operated by FedEx, had departed Paris en route to Istanbul; upon approach, it...

Boeing Ready for Test Flight to ISS With Astronauts on Board
Why Boeing's
Astronaut Launch
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Why Boeing's Astronaut Launch Was Called Off

Buzzing valve raised concerns Monday night

(Newser) - Boeing's first astronaut launch was called off because of a valve problem on the rocket Monday night. The two NASA test pilots had just strapped into Boeing's Starliner capsule for a flight to the International Space Station when the countdown was halted, just two hours before the planned...

Boeing Says Workers Falsified 787 Inspection Records

FAA is investigating the incident

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it has opened an investigation into Boeing after the beleaguered company reported that workers at a South Carolina plant falsified inspection records on certain 787 planes. Boeing said its engineers have determined that misconduct did not create "an immediate safety of flight issue....

Boeing Locks Out Its Private Firefighters

Force covers company sites in Washington

(Newser) - Boeing has locked out its private force of firefighters who protect its aircraft-manufacturing plants in the Seattle area and brought in replacements after the latest round of negotiations with the firefighters union failed to deliver an agreement on wages. The company said Saturday that it locked out about 125 firefighters,...

Whistle­blow­er Who Raised Concerns About 737 Max Dies

Josh Dean said Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems tried to 'silence' him

(Newser) - A whistleblower who alleged Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems ignored manufacturing defects on the 737 Max died Tuesday of an infection following two weeks in critical condition, a relative tells the Seattle Times . Josh Dean, 45, was acting as a quality auditor at Spirit in October 2022 when he said he...

Delta Jet's Emergency Slide Turns Up in Fitting Spot

It washes up by the beachfront home of a lawyer whose firm is suing Boeing

(Newser) - In the strange coincidence department: The emergency slide that fell off one of Delta's Boeing jets on Friday washed up in front of the oceanfront home of an attorney suing the manufacturer for a similar incident, reports the New York Post . The slide fell off the Boeing 767 as...

Southwest Is Ending Service to 4 Airports

Airline has been hit hard by Boeing's problems

(Newser) - Delays to delivery of Boeing aircraft have been "very painful," Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan said Thursday after the airline disclosed rising losses in the first quarter of this year. He said the company is "reacting and replanning quickly to mitigate the operational and financial impact."...

At Boeing, 'People Get Promoted by Hustling Parts'

Whistleblower describes employees using scrapped and uninspected components

(Newser) - Another Boeing whistleblower, speaking publicly for the first time, is backing up claims of pressure on employees to "emphasize speed over quality," as the New York Times puts it. Merle Meyers, who spent 30 years with Boeing before departing as a quality manager last year, says the company,...

Whistleblower: Don't Fly on Boeing 787

Sam Salehpour says safety issues are 'as serious as I have ever seen in my lifetime'

(Newser) - Before he was due to testify in front of a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday, Boeing whistleblower Sam Salehpour gave his first on-camera interview, telling NBC News that all 787 Dreamliners ought to be grounded. Asked whether he would put his family on such a plane, Salehpour said he would not....

Another Boeing Whistleblower Comes Forward

Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour alleges possible safety concerns with the 787

(Newser) - Bad headlines weren't the only thing plaguing Boeing in Q1. Quartz reports the quarter was marked by poor deliveries as well—the company's fewest since 2021. Just 83 planes were delivered to customers over the January to March period, down from 157 in the last quarter of 2023,...

Boeing Airliner Loses Engine Cover at Takeoff

Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Denver

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines jet returned to Denver on Sunday morning after the engine cover fell off and struck the wing flap during takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration reports. The Boeing 737 landed safely, and the passengers headed to Houston were being put onto another aircraft, Southwest said in a statement,...

United Airlines to Pilots: How About Some (Unpaid) Time Off?

Shortage of new Boeing planes is reportedly complicating things

(Newser) - United Airlines is asking its pilots to take time off in May because of delays in receiving new planes that the airline ordered from Boeing, which is struggling with production due to manufacturing problems, the AP reports. A United spokesperson said Monday that the offer is voluntary. "Due to...

Dead Whistleblower's Mom Blames Boeing

'If this hadn't gone on so long, I'd still have my son,' says Vicky Stokes

(Newser) - The mother of Boeing whistleblower John Barnett says she blames his former employer for his death. Barnett, 62, was found dead of an apparent suicide on March 9 while giving evidence in a whistleblower lawsuit against the company that employed him for 32 years. The former quality manager described a...

Embattled Boeing Shakes Up Its Leadership

CEO Dave Calhoun is stepping down at end of the year

(Newser) - A string of Boeing controversies has caught up with CEO Dave Calhoun—he will step down from his role at the end of the year, reports the AP . "The eyes of the world are on us, and I know that we will come through this moment a better company,...

FBI: Airliner's Loss of Panel May Have Been a Crime

Investigation concerns Boeing's deferred prosecution agreement

(Newser) - Boeing skirted criminal liability by reaching a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department three years ago on charges that it had defrauded regulators during the certification process for 737 Max jets. The period much like a probation hasn't quite expired yet, and that could become a problem for...

The Plane Landed. Then Workers Saw the Missing Panel

It's the latest in a string of incidents involving Boeing aircraft, this time in Oregon

(Newser) - A post-flight inspection revealed a missing panel on an older Boeing 737-800 that had just arrived at its destination in southern Oregon on Friday after flying from San Francisco, officials said, the latest in a series of recent incidents involving aircraft manufactured by the company. United Flight 433 left San...

NTSB: Boeing's Video Record of Work on Door Was Erased

Investigators are unable to learn who made repairs to the part that failed

(Newser) - First, Boeing told Congress it can't find any records on repairs made to a door panel before it blew out of an Alaska Airlines plane in flight in January. Now the National Transportation Safety Board has told Congress that security camera footage won't be any help in identifying...

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