Nine Emirates A380 aircraft being inspected after EU warning
Nine Emirates A380 aircraft are among 25 in total identified for inspection after reports of cracks being found the wings of some models.
It comes after a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposal was released on July 5 to issue an airworthiness directive (AD) targeting the 25 oldest wing sets in the Airbus A380 fleet built between 2004 and 2006.
Airbus and EASA are putting together the inspection program for the wing outer rear spars (ORS), following the reports.
Initial inspections are to take place based on the age of the aircraft, with follow-up checks carried out every 36 months.
Emirates operates a fleet of 111 A380 aircraft in total.
A spokesperson for the carrier told Arabian Business: “Safety is always our top priority, and all our aircraft undergo regular and comprehensive checks. We are aware of the proposed EASA directive and have already scheduled and begun conducting the additional inspections on those aircraft identified. So far, there has been nothing untoward in the findings.”
The airline added that Airbus has said the directive does not impact airworthiness of the aircraft and that they can continue operating as normal.
An Airbus spokesman said: “We confirm that small cracks have been found on the outer rear wing spars of early production A380 aircraft.
“We are in contact with the authorities (EASA) and we have identified the issue and designed an inspection and repair scheme.
“We are supporting the EASA decision to issue an AD and on July 5 EASA issued a ‘proposal to issue an airworthiness directive’ in order to inspect the first 25 aircraft in operation. Customers have been informed and we are working with them
“The inspections need to be conducted within 15 years following the initial wing box assembly.
“The inspections and repairs can be accomplished over scheduled heavy maintenance checks.”