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Boeing CEO Testifies

Boeing CEO David Calhoun appeared before a Senate investigative panel yesterday amid concerns about safety lapses in Boeing’s production line and its handling of whistleblowers. Calhoun, who has led the company since 2020, will retire at year's end. See hearing takeaways here.

Boeing has experienced a series of incidents that have renewed scrutiny on its manufacturing process, including fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people, as well as a midair door plug blowout on an Alaska Airlines flight in January. The aerospace company faces multiple federal investigations over its quality control and previously submitted an action plan to Congress proposing improvements to its internal audit procedures. Boeing oversees much of its own inspection oversight, particularly after the Federal Aviation Administration outsourced much of the work to Boeing in the early 2000s.

Ahead of Calhoun's testimony, a whistleblower came forward with allegations that Boeing used faulty parts on its planes due to improper storing and tracking practices. 

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