SAN FRANCISCO (NEWSnet/AP) — A Senate subcommittee has summoned Boeing CEO David Calhoun to testify about the company’s jetliners in an inquiry prompted by new safety-related charges from a whistleblower.

The panel said it will hold a hearing April 17 featuring a Boeing quality engineer, Sam Salehpour, who is expected to detail safety concerns involving the manufacture and assembly of the 787 Dreamliner.

The subcommittee said in a letter that those problems could create “potentially catastrophic safety risks.”

Boeing would not say whether Calhoun plans to attend the hearing. In response to a query from The Associated Press, a spokesperson said only that the company is cooperating with the subcommittee’s inquiry.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also been investigating Salehpour’s allegations since February, according to the subcommittee.

Salehpour, whose concerns were featured in a New York Times article Tuesday, is expected to describe retaliation he said he faced after bringing his concerns forward.

In a 1,500-word statement, Boeing said it was “fully confident” in the 787 and called concerns about structural integrity “inaccurate.”

“Retaliation is strictly prohibited at Boeing,” the company added in the statement, noting that it encourages employees to “speak up when issues arise.”

Boeing’s safety record has been under a microscope since Jan. 6, when an Alaska Airlines 737 Max suffered a door-panel blowout over Oregon. The panel plugged a space left for an extra emergency door on the jet. Pilots were able to land safely, and there were no injuries.

Accident investigators’ subsequent discovery of missing bolts intended to secure the panel rocked Boeing, which once boasted an enviable safety culture.

Calhoun, the CEO, has in the meantime announced that he will retire at the end of the year. There also has been a departure of another high-ranking Boeing executive and the decision by Boeing’s board chairman not to stand for reelection in May.

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