Month: February 2012

European Aviation Safety Agency Mandates Additional Inspections For Cracks On A380 Wings

European Aviation Safety Agency Mandates Additional Inspections For Cracks On A380 Wings

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The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a new Airworthiness Directive mandating additional inspections for cracks that have been found on Airbus A380 wings. The new directive applies to every A380 aircraft passing 1,216 numbers of flights conducted. The issuance of the Airworthiness Directive reportedly follows the discovery of up to 36 cracks on the Qantas A380 involved in severe turbulence incident last month, the Chicago Tribune reported. The cracks although apparently unrelated to the turbulence incident are said to have been observed on other operators' A380. As a result, A380 operators would have to initiate testing within 3 weeks on aircraft that have conducted more than 1384 flights. For aircraft with less than 1,384 flights, but which have accumulated at least 1,216 flig...