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Airbus to check for cracks on Emirates, Qantas A380 wings

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Checks will initially affect 25 of the oldest superjumbos in service, including planes at Dubai-based Emirates, Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines, the remaining planes must be examined before they’re 15 years old.

Wednesday 10, July 2019

Airbus will inspect the wings of its A380 double-decker jets after cracks were found on some planes, reported Bloomberg.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency stated that the fissures could reduce the structural integrity of the wings if not repaired, adding that the aircraft will not need to be grounded, fixes to be made during scheduled overhauls.

The agency is drafting an airworthiness directive on the issue. In February, Airbus said that it would stop making the A380 after failing to build up enough of a backlog to keep production going beyond 2021.

A wing-crack debacle seven years ago cost Airbus millions of euros in repair and service costs, only one of the glitches to have plagued the world’s biggest passenger plane.

An Airbus spokesman said small cracks had been found on the outer rear wing spars of early-production A380s, and that inspections and repairs can be accomplished at the same time as heavy-maintenance checks.

Emirates said that nine of its 25 A380s are among those identified for inspection after reports of cracks on the wings of some of the iconic plane’s models.

Additionally, Qantas, which needs inspections on six of its 12 A380s, said that checks have already been completed on two aircraft and there were no concerns about structural integrity.

Similarly, Singapore Airlines which has 19 A380s in operation at the end of March, said four will need to be checked.

EASA said that Airlines are required to use ultrasonic testing methods and if damage is found, they should alert Airbus for repair instructions before the next flight. A380s operated by Deutsche Lufthansa, Air France and charter carrier Hi Fly are also listed in the first batch requiring the checks.

 

TAGS : Airbus A380, Qantas Airways, Emirates Airlines , HiFly, Deutsche Lufthansa, Air France, Qantas

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