Sunday, February 1, 2009
Rotorcraft Report: Saboteur Sentenced in CH-47 Incident
A former Boeing employee has been sentenced to five months in prison, a $110,000 fine and five months of home detention after pleading guilty to sabotaging a CH-47 Chinook at the company’s Ridley, Pa. assembly plant. During his September 2008 hearing in federal court, Matthew Montgomery, 33, of Trevose, Pa. pleaded guilty to cutting approximately 70 electrical wires on a $24 million Chinook while working his last shift. He told the court the stress of working a repetitive assembly line job and Boeing’s unwillingness to transfer him to another facility led him to commit the crime. During his sentencing, the judge took into account that the damage would not have threatened lives, because it rendered the aircraft impossible to fly.