EASA issues AD for A380 wing cracks
After finding cracks in the right and left side wing trailing edges of in-service Airbus A380s, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an airworthiness directive ordering operators to have inspections and, when needed, modifications performed on their superjumbos.
If not corrected, the cracks could ultimately result to in-flight loss of the damaged parts, which, in turn, poses a risk of “reduced” control of the affected aircraft, as it is outlined in the airworthiness directive, issued on October 9, 2019. Operators are required to have their aircraft inspected within 147 months (12 years 3 months) after Airbus manufacture date and then every six years.
EASA has first alerted operators about cracks detected on the wings of the Airbus A380 airplanes in July 2019. Calling the issue a “potential unsafe condition”, the European agency issued a proposed airworthiness directive as an interim action. At the time, operators were asked to carry out repairs within 15 years of the date the wing parts were manufactured.
Some 30 planes are now listed as in need of inspections. Back in July, it was estimated that there were 25 aircraft affected by the issue, including planes belonging to Emirates, Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) , Air France, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) , and Hi Fly fleets. Check out the initial operator’s reactions here:
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