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Boeing Must be Held Accountable!

Published on March 13, 2024

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WASHINGTON, D.C. | MARCH 13, 2024 — National Whistleblower Center grieves the tragic passing of whistleblower, John Barnett.

The Boeing whistleblower was found dead at the age of 62. Barnett’s cause of death has been determined to be self-inflicted.

Barnett’s passing has sent shockwaves through the whistleblower community. As a vocal whistleblower protecting the lives of traveler at one of the largest airlines in the world, Barnett’s contributions to public safety cannot be understated.

At NWC we fight for the rights and the protections of whistleblowers wherever they may be. NWC advocates for effective enforcement and is disgusted by the treatment Mr. Barnett suffered as a whistleblower at Boeing.

Self-harm is a tragic action, no person should be subjected to the anguish and trauma Mr. Barnett has faced. Corruption takes lives and whistleblower like Mr. Barnett protect the public from the abuse of our trust and keep corporations accountable.  Whistleblowers like Mr. Barnett deserve to live and to be celebrated.

Boeing’s condolences are not enough to sooth the grief Mr. Barnett’s family must be experiencing today. Real change, the end of corrupt behavior, improved safety, and respect for whistleblower are urgently needed to bring justice to the lives of these courageous fighters. To honor Mr. Barnett’s life, please tell Congress to hold Boeing accountable by fully investigating and correcting the safety failures Mr. Barnett reported.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Barnett’s family, and any person who is currently struggling with the aftermath of experiencing retaliation or grieving the loss of a whistleblower. You are not alone. If you or someone you know is struggling with harmful thoughts or depression, help is available.

NWC Executive Director Siri Nelson is available for comment. For more information, contact NWC at

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