Weekend Beyond Cars Roundup March 16, 2024

By | March 16, 2024

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Hotel key cards and Dawn dish soap used in 737 Max production while Boeing 33 fails FAA safety checks

Boeing has not performed very well in an FAA audit of its production.  - Photo: Stephen Brashear (Getty Images)Boeing has not performed very well in an FAA audit of its production.  - Photo: Stephen Brashear (Getty Images)

Boeing has not performed very well in an FAA audit of its production. – Photo: Stephen Brashear (Getty Images)

Boeing is going through a tough time right now, with parts falling out of planes left, right and center. Just last week a wheel came loose and smashed through a car, and earlier this year the door of a 737 Max plane broke off mid-flight. That mid-air disaster led to an audit by the Federal Aviation Administration, which went far from well. -Owen Bellwood Read more

Former Boeing quality manager found dead after providing evidence against the company

A Boeing whistleblower was found dead in his truck in a hotel parking lot.  - Photo: Stephen Brashear (Getty Images)A Boeing whistleblower was found dead in his truck in a hotel parking lot.  - Photo: Stephen Brashear (Getty Images)

A Boeing whistleblower was found dead in his truck in a hotel parking lot. – Photo: Stephen Brashear (Getty Images)

A whistleblower who gave testimony in a case against Boeing has been found dead in South Carolina. John Barnett, who worked as a quality manager at the 737 Max maker until 2017, was found dead this weekend, just days after he was questioned in a lawsuit he filed against Boeing. -Owen Bellwood Read more

Put saw blade wheels on your dirt bike and speed across frozen lakes while there is still ice

Screenshot: CboysTV on YouTubeScreenshot: CboysTV on YouTube

Screenshot: CboysTV on YouTube

If studded tires are good on ice because they dig into the ice and help the bike hook on a smooth surface, then surely a saw blade, a tool designed to cut through things, would do the same job, right? It turns out that this hypothesis does not hold water. The folks at CboysTV on YouTube found this out the hard way, after using a laser to cut a few hundred pounds of half-inch-thick steel into the shape of a saw blade and bolting them to the ends of a Honda CRF250R dirt bike. – Bradley Brownell Read more

Alaska Airlines engineers wanted a defective Boeing 737 Max to stay on the ground before the door flew off

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon / AFP (Getty Images)Photo: Patrick T. Fallon / AFP (Getty Images)

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon / AFP (Getty Images)

According to the New York Times, the Boeing 737 Max 9 that suffered a door plug blowout over Portland, Oregon during an Alaska Airlines flight was scheduled to undergo a thorough maintenance check the next day. The airline’s engineers had planned for the aircraft to be removed from service due to several indications of a problem that did not exceed Alaska Airlines’ established threshold for an emergency ground stop, which could have caught Boeing’s critical quality control error. – Ryan Erik Koning Read more

United Boeing 777 squirts fluid from landing gear before flight over the Pacific Ocean

Photo: Thierry Monasse (Getty Images)Photo: Thierry Monasse (Getty Images)

Photo: Thierry Monasse (Getty Images)

A United Airlines Boeing 777-300 had to return to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in Australia after takeoff due to a mechanical problem. United Flight 830 was at the start of a 13.5-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco. It appears that hydraulic fluid was leaking from the right landing gear bracket. If this sounds familiar, another of the airline’s Boeing 777 planes had a landing gear wheel fall off during takeoff from San Francisco for a transpacific flight last week. – Ryan Erik Koning Read more

‘Nobody can believe’ Boeing whistleblower took his own life as police investigation continues

John Barnett worked at Boeing for 32 years.  - Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images)John Barnett worked at Boeing for 32 years.  - Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images)

John Barnett worked at Boeing for 32 years. – Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images)

Ex-Boeing quality manager John Barnett was found dead on Saturday shortly after testifying in a case against the American aircraft manufacturer in South Carolina. Now lawyers representing the 62-year-old say “no one can believe” he committed suicide as the case came to an end. -Owen Bellwood Read more

At least 50 injured when Boeing 787 suddenly dives

Photo: BRETT PHIBBS / Contributor (Getty Images)Photo: BRETT PHIBBS / Contributor (Getty Images)

Photo: BRETT PHIBBS / Contributor (Getty Images)

When you are on the plane, you are expected to wear your seat belt, even if the seat belt sign is off. You may be able to move freely around the cabin, but when you’re sitting in your seat (or in the bathroom of a HondaJet), you’ll want your seatbelt on. Yes, the pilots can predict turbulence to some extent, but you never know what will happen. And as Reuters reports, at least 50 passengers on a flight from Sydney to Auckland found that out the hard way when their Boeing 787 suddenly crashed mid-flight. – Collin Woodard Read more

These are the worst airline passengers who should never fly again

GIF: NBC News / YouTubeGIF: NBC News / YouTube

GIF: NBC News / YouTube

Unruly passenger behavior has become an unstoppable problem for commercial airlines. Flights continue to be diverted as passengers try to enter the cockpit, aggressively argue with other people on board or attack flight attendants, despite the best efforts of government regulators. The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed record fines on unruly passengers and referred cases to the FBI, but this has not had a significant impact. – Ryan Erik Koning Read more

The last fastest ocean liner reportedly owes $800,000 in back rent

Photo: Brian W. Schaller / Wikimedia CommonsPhoto: Brian W. Schaller / Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Brian W. Schaller / Wikimedia Commons

The SS United States is facing eviction from its berth at Pier 82 in Philadelphia in a lawsuit filed by Penn Warehousing, the pier’s landlord. The ocean liner has been rusting in the Delaware River since 1996, but it has a storied past. In 1952 it broke the once highly sought-after record for the fastest transatlantic crossing, the last passenger ship to do so. The SS United States Conservancy, a nonprofit organization trying to restore the ship, admits that relocation will be necessary but is still committed to preserving the ship. – Ryan Erik Koning Read more

On this website you can search for flights that do not use Boeing aircraft

Screenshot: alternative flightsScreenshot: alternative flights

Screenshot: alternative flights

Air travel has been pretty hellish lately, and things have only gotten worse as Boeing and its planes have come under fire for their increased danger. But what if there was a way you could find flights that didn’t use Boeing planes? Maybe it would make some people feel better about flying. -Lawrence Hodge Read more

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