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Are Boeing planes safe to fly on? Concerns prompt travelers to switch flights

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Boeing, the aircraft manufacturing colossus, is facing a public relations nightmare this week.

The company’s lineup of commercial planes has been plagued by safety concerns, sparking widespread attention from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general public. Here’s the latest on the unfolding situation.

Recent Challenges for Boeing and the Impact of John Oliver

Boeing has encountered a series of turbulent incidents involving its planes in recent weeks, drawing significant scrutiny. However, it was brought into the spotlight for its safety shortcomings following a scathing segment on Last Week Tonight by John Oliver.

The segment shed light on how Boeing’s shift towards prioritizing shareholder value over safety and quality has had dire consequences.

Oliver delves into the company’s history and establishes links to the current safety issues, particularly in the aftermath of the tragic Boeing 737 Max crashes in 2018 and 2019, which resulted in 346 fatalities.

Current Developments with Boeing

Presently, Boeing is facing a slew of challenges that are far from positive. An audit conducted by the New York Times revealed that the FAA identified 33 out of 89 audits that Boeing failed, following a noteworthy incident where a panel detached from a 737 Max 9 during a flight.

This alarming incident, captured on video, fortunately did not result in any fatalities.

Boeing has been given a 90-day ultimatum by the FAA to draft a comprehensive plan for enhancing its safety measures following these revelations.

Recent Safety Incidents Involving Boeing

While no fatal accidents have occurred in recent weeks, Boeing planes have encountered several safety issues. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flying from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand experienced a significant nosedive that left fifty passengers injured earlier this week.

One passenger recounted how the pilot admitted to losing control of the plane, leading to the harrowing incident.

Other concerning incidents include a Boeing 777-200 that had a tire detachment shortly after takeoff in San Francisco, and a Boeing plane veering off the runway into a grassy area upon landing in Houston.

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