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Boeing faces new whistleblower complaint as former engineer says faulty 787 Dreamliner systems could leave passengers without oxygen in emergencies

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As Boeing struggles to regain altitude after its high profile difficulties with the grounding of its 737 Max and the coronavirus pandemic, new documents obtained exclusively by KOMO News Radio show the company could be be facing new questions about the structural integrity of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, this time involving the vertical tail fin on that aircraft.


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On 9/11/2020 at 11:47 PM, Kal-El814 said:

Where’s @Link200 to tell me how to feel about this shit?

About a week late but here I am. It looks bad due to how to press has portrayed this. The 737 Max stuff of course causes the press to look deeper into something they do not entirely understand. Seriously, they barely have an understanding of how aviation works.


Every new design has flaws. Until you actually get a huge amount of data points you likely will not find all the issues with a new design. Having a full fleet of aircraft for testing is not economical at all. That is why the FAA has Airworthiness Directives. ADs can be anything from an overhaul of a specific part, procedure change for flight crew, or just a routine inspection. No manufacturer is immune to these problems. For example here is an AD for the Airbus A320 Series of aircraft for their wings.




Here is one for the 787s chief competition the A350. The gear could collapse on landing if the AD is not followed.




Just do a quick search of your favorite aircraft here. Every plane has design flaws.



Most of the time, such as with this 787 issue, these problems are found during routine maintenance checks on the aircraft.


Ultimately there is risk in everything we do. Aviation does a pretty damn good job at mitigating that risk. US Airlines have only had 1 passenger fatality over the last decade. The system works and is getting better.

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