Friday, July 12, 2013

Another Dreamliner fire......

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2013/07/12/london-airport-runway/2512393/

Another fire on a Boeing Dreamliner….Unreal!!!!! 

If you haven’t been keeping track that makes 4 fire incidents since January. (5 overall)

If you don’t want to read this whole post..... the important take away is you (and your family) should never ever (ever) fly on a Dreamliner. Fly any other plane but never get on this flying death trap.

For those of you that don’t mind reading…. here is the background. 

The Dreamliner is Boeings state of the art new plane. It is suppose to be the lightest, most fuel efficient plane ever made. It is the first commercial airplane made completely out of composite materials. 

To save money Boeing outsourced the plane all over the world. Boeings plan was to save money by not hiring competent (high priced) American workers (with years of experience). Instead they hired people who worked for cheap….. but had no knowledge whatsoever regarding building planes.

The results have been a disaster for Boeing. The Plane is years and years and years behind schedule. Everything on the plane is screwed up. The wings delaminated. The tail needed to be reinforced. There were engine issues. Wiring issues. Fuel leak issues. 

Most of the outsourced work needed to be redone in Everett Washington. 

The delays have cost Boeing Billions and billions and billions in late fees and non delivery penalties. Not to mention all the rework.

The few planes that have been delivered keep catching on fire.

Fire has been a reoccurring theme on this airplane. If you don’t know much about aviation here is a good rule of thumb…..fire on a plane is an absolute no no. 

Flying at 38,000 feet (over the Atlantic Ocean) and having a fire onboard will ruin your day every time. You can call 911 but chances are a fire truck won’t make it to you.

In 2009 there was a fire onboard a Dreamliner (during testing) and caused months of delays. Boeing told everybody the issues were fixed. But fires keep happening. 

The last several were because of faulty batteries. The FAA took the unprecedented step of grounding the entire Dreamliner fleet. 

Boeing said they couldn’t fix the problem, but they could contain the fires (in steel boxes) and vent the gases outside the plane (no really…That is what they said). The FAA (being a bunch of sheep) said OK. As long as passengers didn’t know there was a raging inferno on the plane that was good enough for them.

Now a few weeks after the groundings ended and we have another fire. 

Investors are thrilled it looks like a new issue (not related to the batteries). Personally I am not seeing the good news. Fire is fire, and it is all bad news on an airplane. Especially a brand new state of the art airplane.

Luckily so far the Dreamliner issues haven’t killed anyone. But it is just a matter of time before people are killed. 

So again…Whatever you do…… never ever, ever, ever….. get on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 

If you do you should have your head examined.

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