Second whistleblower joins suit against Rolls-Royce

A second person has joined a lawsuit alleging Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an Indianapolis aircraft engine plant and fired workers for reporting problems.

Lawyers representing the workers say in a release they filed an amended whistleblower complaint Wednesday in Indianapolis federal court. A former senior quality engineer named Keith Ramsey joined quality manager Thomas McArtor in the suit unsealed by a judge in December.

The suit says the company used parts with defects in engines and concealed defects. It also alleges the company bypassed critical safety tests to save money and speed engines production.

Law firm Loevy & Loevy says two helicopter makers,  PHI Inc. and Winward Aviation Inc., have widened probes of Rolls-Royce's manufacturing practices after two engines failed and caused crashes.

The Associated Press left a message Wednesday for a Rolls-Royce spokeswoman.

Rolls-Royce recently announced plans to move 2,500 of its more than 4,000 local employees to a downtown office complex.

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