Whatever your take on the conclusions Rather draws, this is a part of the story of this airplane one way or another. Please view and discuss.
Whatever your reaction to this is, you need to read the following as well.
Safety of Composite 787 questioned; Airbus sides with Boeing
By Scott Hamilton
An engineer fired by Boeing under disputed circumstances charges in an 11 page letter to the Federal Aviation Administration that Boeing’s new 787 composite structure isn’t as safe as the traditional aluminum. The engineer charges composites aren’t as crash-worthy as aluminum and will produce toxic fumes in a fire. Airbus, Boeing’s bitter competitor, says the engineer’s fears don’t measure up.