Boeing knew about the 787 problem and put the flying public at risk CNBC interview
Boeing was warned. Philip J. LeBeau is a CNBC airline industry reporter based at the network's Chicago bureau. Mr. LeBeau on TV interviewed a securaplane technologies worker who saw the problem . His name is Michael Leon, he said the battery was dangerous, and saw in testing that it would explode and catch fire, and that Boeing was doomed from the start. Phil Leabeu of CNBC said the FAA and NTSB are no closer to finding a reason for the problem than when the FAA started the investigation. So a system wide engineering fix most likely and nothing the Boeing enabler group can say will change the facts !
Leon is a former employee of Securaplane Technologies in Tucson, Arizona. He was fired in 2007 for repeated misconduct. He says it was in retaliation for voicing concerns about the batteries but
when he took Securaplane to court, he lost. [A federal administrative court judge ruled in favor of Securaplane].
Today, Securaplane manufactures the charging system for lithium-ion batteries used on 787 Dreamliners. Its plant in Tucson is one of the locations visited by investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board as they try to determine what went wrong with two Dreamliners earlier this month.
"There is a lot more work to be done before we can determine a cause," said Debbie Hersman, Chairman of the NTSB.
The fire at Securaplane in 2006 was well documented at the time.
Boeing says it was the result of a [test set up improperly], and it was not a case where a lithium-ion battery simply exploded for no reason.
Securaplane says its charging unit has been successfully tested in the Dreamliner. It disputes Leon's allegations.
"There was a fire in the facility in 2006 during one test of a [prototype] of the battery-charging unit. However, the current Boeing 787 investigation is unrelated to the 2006 fire," said Fiona Greig, spokeswoman for Securaplane.
"There is no connection between the Dreamliner battery issue and the dismissal of Michael Leon from Meggitt's US-based subsidiary, Securaplane."
Sure. Anytime a good employee speaks up because of safety concerns, she/he gets fired. This is what happened to Boeing's top engineer in 2007. See the story on YURUBE: Search Dan Rather Boeing 787 and you will find it.