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January 13, 2020

Boeing travails begin to ripple, 2,800 jobs lost in Kansas

  • Spirit AeroSystems is the largest employer in Wichita. Its layoffs threaten to damage a state economy that has been solid for months.
  • By ROXANA HEGEMAN
    Associated Press

    WICHITA, Kan. — Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft, which appear to be growing deeper, have begun to ripple outward, with a major supplier announcing Friday that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce in Kansas, where it is based.

    The announcement of 2,800 layoffs at a major employer in Wichita, the state's biggest city, came a day after documents became public showing that Boeing employees raised doubts about the safety of the 737 Max, apparently tried to hide problems from federal regulators, and ridiculed those responsible for designing and overseeing the jetliner.


     
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