Boeing Hit Again as Plane Crashes During Takeoff

( – Boeing’s floundering reputation took another big hit after one of its 737-300 jets crashed while skidding down a runway, causing multiple passenger injuries.

The incident happened on May 9th at Blaise Diagne Airport in Dakar, Senegal. Cheick Siriman Sissoko, a musician from Malia, said in a social media post that the jet “just caught fire.” It included a photo of passengers sliding down an emergency chute before fleeing the plane as it burned. Ten individuals onboard were injured, four of whom were seriously hurt.

The incident marks yet another setback for the Boeing corporation. One of their jets made international headlines after suffering a “plug door” blowout at 16,000 feet shortly after leaving Portland, OR. Several passengers lost personal items after they were sucked out of the hole. The plane managed to land safely about 20 minutes after takeoff, but several passengers were injured. No one had been assigned to the two seats closest to the hole.

More recently, nearly 200 people had to be evacuated from a Boeing jet in Turkey after a tire burst while landing.

Boeing has also suffered hits after multiple whistleblowers came forward in recent years with concerns over its manufacturing processes. One of them, 45-year-old Joshua Dean, retained a lawyer after he was fired from Boeing for discussing significant safety issues. However, he recently died from a mysterious illness.

John “Mitch” Barnett, who previously spent three decades working for Boeing, also raised concerns about its manufacturing processes. He specifically noted the use of substandard components on the company’s high-end Dreamliner 787 jet. Barnett also discussed potential issues with the plane’s oxygen systems. However, he also died in March 2024. His death was ruled a suicide.

Sam Salehpour, who also worked as an engineer on the Dreamline production line, has publicized his safety concerns. According to Salehpour, the components used to manufacture the fuselage don’t quite fit together as well as they should. He also claimed the company is intentionally using shortcuts that could prove dangerous.

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