Al Jazeera Boeing 737 Documentary
In December of 2010 the Al Jazeera show “People and Power” aired an investigative report focusing on two Boeing whistleblowers, and the alleged serious structural issues on the 737NG they discovered. At issue was the workmanship on two key parts manufactured by a supplier, and how after assembly in the Seattle plant the parts were “non conforming”, making the entire aircraft non airworthy.
Two workers at Boeing’s Witchita complex brought their findings to their supervisors and the US Department of Justice. The program tells their story, interlaced with some dramatic cautions about his model of 737.
In light of the recent 737 incidents I watched this entire show last night. I thought this was very well presented and put together. Like my other favorite aviation investigative show “Mayday – Air Crash Investigation” it’s done straightforward, with little sensationalism – presents both sides and leaves the viewer to make an informed conclusion.