Boeing crisis of confidence deepens with 787 now under scrutiny

The planemaker is already facing intense scrutiny of its manufacturing practices since a fuselage panel blew off a 737 Max 9 after takeoff in January

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner N787BX landing at Vnukovo international airport during world tour in 2012. Picture: iStock Editorial

Boeing faces a deepening crisis of confidence after an engineer at the US planemaker alleged the company took manufacturing shortcuts on its 787 Dreamliner aircraft in order to ease production bottlenecks of its most advanced airliner.

Factory workers wrongly measured and filled gaps that can occur when airframe segments of the 787 are joined together, according to Sam Salehpour, a longtime Boeing employee who made his concerns public on Tuesday.

That assembly process could create ...