FAA to evaluate Boeing worker stories of feeling strain over questions of safety
The Federal Aviation Administration is initiating a full review of the way Boeing Co. employees are handling safety matters on behalf of the agency after some company engineers said they were under inappropriateness, according to a letter from the agency and people familiar with the matter Standing under pressure.
An FAA survey conducted earlier this year found that 35% of a small sample of certain Boeing employees reported issues such as pressure and transparency hurdles, according to an August 19 letter from the agency to Boeing BA, + 3.16%.
Some interviewed employees, who are part of a group empowered by the agency to support their work, said they were struggling to be transparent with regulators, according to the letter viewed by the Wall Street Journal.
US aviation regulators have long relied on aerospace company employees to act on their behalf when performing certain tasks, such as: The issues cited by Boeing employees in the survey “show that the environment does not support the independence of those empowered to act on behalf of the agency,” the letter read by Ian Won, acting head of the Boeing Regulatory Bureau of the FAA, was signed in the Seattle area.
A Boeing spokeswoman said the company takes “these matters with the utmost seriousness” and is working to strengthen the independence of its employees who work on behalf of the FAA.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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