Investigation: Boeing whistleblower exposes dangerous shortcuts on 787 and 777 jets causing "Dutch roll" incident on Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max flight

Phoenix, Arizona – The Federal Aviation Administration has initiated an investigation following a concerning incident involving a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max plane experiencing a “Dutch roll” motion during a flight from Phoenix to Oakland, California on May 25. The incident led to significant damage to the aircraft, prompting further scrutiny from both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

A Dutch roll, as described on Boeing’s website, occurs when the nose of the plane sways from left to right while simultaneously banking side to side. This motion can be attributed to external factors such as wind or pilot input. The Southwest Airlines plane faced this phenomenon but managed to regain control during the flight, although subsequent inspection revealed damage to the standby power control unit (PCU).

With 175 passengers and six crew members onboard at the time of the incident, safety concerns were raised, leading to multiple investigations by aviation authorities. The NTSB is closely examining the details of the event to determine the root cause and any potential safety implications for future flights.

Meanwhile, Boeing is conducting its own investigation into potential quality issues with undelivered 787 Dreamliner planes. Concerns have been raised about incorrectly installed fasteners on these aircraft, prompting a thorough review by Boeing’s engineering team to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations.

Despite these challenges, Boeing remains committed to addressing any issues promptly to maintain the safety and integrity of its aircraft. Regular quality control checks are being conducted to identify and rectify any potential issues before delivery to customers, underscoring Boeing’s dedication to ensuring the reliability of its products.

As the investigations unfold, both Boeing and Southwest Airlines are cooperating with authorities to provide necessary information and updates to ensure the ongoing safety of their operations. Transparency and collaboration are key components in addressing any concerns and strengthening confidence in the aviation industry’s commitment to passenger safety.