Airlines to Inspect Airbus A380 Vehicles for Cracks: EASA
By Patrick Costello
Airbus SE (AIR.FR) will ask airlines to inspect in-service A380
airplanes for cracks in their wings after the European Union
Aviation Safety Agency said Tuesday that it found occurrences of
cracks in the passenger vehicles.
The EASA said this condition could reduce the structural
integrity of the wings if it isn't corrected. The action applies to
the 25 oldest wing sets of A380 planes, it added.
The agency said airlines are required to use ultrasonic testing
methods to inspect for cracks and contact Airbus for repair
instructions if any are detected.
In February, Airbus said it would stop manufacturing the A380 in
2021, citing falling demand for the superjumbo jet. Airbus
previously faced similar problems with the A380 in 2012 after
cracks were discovered in the wings of numerous aircraft.
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