F.A.A. is investigating the claims of Boeing whistle-blowers

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating claims made by a Boeing engineer who says that sections of the fuselage of the 787 Dreamliner are improperly fastened together and could break apart mid-flight after thousands of trips.
The engineer, Sam Salehpour, who worked on the plane, detailed his allegations in interviews with The New York Times and in documents sent to the F.A.A.
A spokesman for the agency confirmed that it was investigating the allegations but declined to comment on them.
Mr. Salehpour, whose résumé says he has worked at Boeing for more than a decade, said the problems stemmed from changes in how the enormous sections were fitted and fastened together in the assembly line.
The plane’s fuselage comes in several pieces, all from different manufacturers, and they are not exactly the same shape where they fit together, he said.
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A Boeing engineer has made claims that parts of the 787 Dreamliner’s fuselage are not securely fastened together and may separate in midair after thousands of flights. These claims are being looked into by the Federal Aviation Administration.

In correspondence with The New York Times and in records submitted to the F, the engineer who worked on the aircraft, Sam Salehpour, described the specifics of his accusations. An. An. The agency’s spokesman acknowledged that it was looking into the claims but would not address them.

Dear Mr. Salehpour, whose resume lists more than ten years of employment at Boeing, claimed that modifications to the way the massive sections were assembled and secured together on the assembly line were the source of the issues. According to him, the fuselage of the aircraft is made up of multiple parts that are not precisely the same shape when assembled. These parts are supplied by various manufacturers.

Although Boeing acknowledged making those manufacturing adjustments, Paul Lewis, a company spokesman, claimed there was “no impact on durability or safe longevity of the airframe.”. “.

Dear Mr. Boeing has tested the Dreamliner extensively, according to Lewis, and they have concluded that there is no immediate risk to flight safety. “.

Mr. Lewis stated, “Our engineers are finishing a thorough analysis to determine if there may be a long-term fatigue concern for the fleet in any area of the airplane.”. We’re not pressing the team to finish the analysis quickly so that it can be assured that this won’t become a problem for the in-service fleet for many years, if at all. “.

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