Airbus investigates A380 metal fatigue

Airlines flying A380s should increase inspections

Airbus has ordered more frequent inspections of the A380 super jumbos after finding unexpected levels of metal fatigue in tests at the factory.

The manufacturer has ordered airlines to inspect the main beams in the aircraft’s wings after six years of service, instead of waiting for the normal 12 years.

The A380 went into service seven years ago with Singapore Airlines. SIA and Emirates, the aircraft’s largest customer, will be the first to have to perform the checks.

Airbus said there was no question that the aircraft would be grounded and said inspections would be carried out during routine maintenance. The cracks emerged on a test aircraft designed to show the wear and tear that an A380 would endure in three times its normal lifespan.

TTG Digital

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