A former Boeing employee contends the 787 Dreamliner plane is unsafe and the aviation giant may be putting passengers' lives at risk.

Vince Weldon, a 46-year veteran of Boeing says he was terminated in retaliation for his complaints about the safety of the plan comprised on carbon components.

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Weldon said the materials were more brittle and could lead to more deaths in a crash or lightning strike.

Boeing said Weldon concersn were addressed by other technical experts involved with project and characterized Weldon as a disgruntled former employee.