Whistleblower Renews Claims in Boeing 787 Dreamliner Case By Tod Aronovitz | 01/25/13 | 0 Comment

Whistleblower claims questioning the safety of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner lithium-ion batteries are under review by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to a Reuters article titled “U.S. NTSB reviewing whistleblower claims in 787 case” published in the Chicago Tribune.

The NTSB is investigating a recent safety incident at Boston Logan’s Airport, in which smoke was reported inside a Boeing 787 that was on the ground at the time with no passengers aboard.

One whistleblower interviewed recently by the NTSB alleges that he was fired by Securaplane Technologies Inc. in 2007 for raising safety concerns about the design and production of the battery chargers. Securaplane, an Arizona subsidiary of British-based Meggitt Plc, makes the chargers for the Dreamliner battery.

Securaplane was the site of a large fire that consumed a three story administrative building in 2006. According to the Reuters report, a “two-year multi-agency investigation” determined that the fire was caused by an improper test set-up, not the battery design.

The whistleblower’s claim in regard to battery safety remains on-going.

Click on the link for an overview of the NTSB Boeing 787 Dreamliner Investigation.

Background on Whistleblowers

By acting as a whistleblower in what is known as a qui tam lawsuit, a private party may collect between 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered by a government agency that was the subject of fraud, depending on how the case is prosecuted.

Whistleblower cases receive special confidential treatment from the courts during the early investigation period, until allegations can be verified. Charges typically become public only if and when the U.S. government finds sufficient cause and intervenes in the action.

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