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Whistleblower suit against Rolls-Royce highlights aircraft engine defects.

Whistleblower suit against Rolls-Royce highlights aircraft engine defects.

The AP(12/8) reported an Indianapolis whistleblower suit accused Rolls-Royce Corp. of hiding "repeated defects at an aircraft engine plant in Indianapolis and fired a safety official for reporting the problems." Thomas McArtor's complaint said he worked as "a senior quality control official" for 12 years before his 2007 termination. His suit alleges Rolls-Royce "cut quality controls to increase profits, then concealed information about an increase in defects from customers." It adds that "some engines from the plant have experienced 'catastrophic failures,' including nine that have failed in Iraq, causing the loss of US lives."