EASA says cracks detected on the wing spars of early A380s
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July 9, 2019 - by airlinerwatch.com
Toulouse, France - An Emergency Airworthiness Directive released by EASA says that cracks have been detected on the rear wing spars of the early A380s.
The cracks are between ribs 33 and 49, on both side and could affect the structural integrity of the wings. The European Aviation Safety Agency, therefore, recommends operators repeated checks for the affected areas.
The Airworthiness Directive dated 5 July 2019 is limited to the 25 Airbus A380 produced between 2004 and 2006. Based on the inspection results, further ADs may follow for other aircraft in service, the agency explained.
According to the directive published by EASA, affected A380s are as follows: