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Boeing whistleblower John Barnett is found dead in his truck outside a South Carolina hotel just days after testifying in lawsuit against the aviation giant



  • John Barnett, 62, was found dead in his truck in a hotel parking lot Saturday
  • Cops made the announcement Monday, saying he was in Charleston for the suit 
  • The ex-quality manager at Boeing’s North Charleston plant gave a deposition to Boeing as recently as last week, after claiming they were using second-rate parts

A former Boeing staffer who once raised concerns about the company’s production standards has been found dead in the US.

John Barnett, 62, was found dead in his truck in a hotel parking lot in South Carolina, his lawyer said Monday – seven years after he retired following a 32-year career.

The ex-quality manager at Boeing’s North Charleston plant died from a ‘self-inflicted’ wound, cops in Charleston said, adding that they were still investigating.

Barnett’s death came during a break in depositions in a whistleblower retaliation suit, where he alleged under-pressure workers were deliberately fitting sub-standard parts to aircraft on the assembly line.

He said that in some cases, second-rate parts were literally removed from scrap bins, before being fitted to planes that were being built to prevent delays. A 2017 review by the FAA upheld some of his concerns, requiring Boeing to take action.

He had just given a deposition to Boeing’s lawyers for the case this past week, his attorney Brian Knowles said…


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