Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Nation/World

Entire Fleet of Faulty Airbus A380s To Undergo Inspection

Cracks in the wings found that, "if not detected and corrected, may lead to a reduction of the structural integrity of the aeroplane," according to the European Ait Safety Agency.

More inspections are in order for the Airbus A380, as the European Air Safety Agency extended checks to the entire fleet Wednesday morning.

The EASA is extending checks on the entire fleet
The EASA is extending checks on the entire fleet

Previously, only those super-jumbo jets that had over 1,300 takeoffs and landings were privy to inspection. However, following the discovery of hairline cracks in the wings of nearly all of the 20 airplanes inspected, EASA has called for the remaining 48 to undergo inspection, regardless of age.

The A380, which first took off with Singapore Airlines 2007, is a double-decker which can carry up to 800 passengers. There are collectively 68 in use now, flown by Air France, China Southern Airlines, Dubai’s Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and Qantas Airways.

The initial order for inspection was aftermath of an incident in November 2010, when the engine of a Qantas A380 exploded during a flight, sending shrapnel through the wing. The consequential investigation of the wing revealed hairline cracks in L- shaped brackets which adhere wing skins to the frame.

Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath said that the parts in question are “not a primary load-bearing structure.” He added, “The safe operation of this aircraft is not at stake.”

However, EASA said in its edict to airlines that, “This condition, if not detected and corrected, may lead to a reduction of the structural integrity of the aeroplane.”

The fractures are a result of a manufacturing error on the A380s, of which Airbus is aware and is working on both a temporary and long term solution.

In the meantime, Qantas has grounded an A380 after locating 2 centimeter fissures after experiencing heavy turbulence during a flight above India in early January. It is expected back in the air within a week.

The remaining A380s all need to undergo inspection in the coming weeks. Those found with cracks in the wings need to get them repaired with a temporary fix.

Airbus is expected to launch a permanent solution approved by EASA this summer.

COMMENTS
Leave a comment
Name:
E-mail:*
URL:
Comments:*

ATVN Through the Years


By Marc Sallinger, McKenna Keil and ccameron
10/01/14 | 4:14 p.m. PDT

ATVN's first broadcast went on the air in 1998. ATVN's Marc Sallinger has the story. 

Dean Wilson Celebrates Grand Opening Of Wallis Annenberg Hall


By chayes and McKenna Keil
10/01/14 | 1:50 p.m. PDT

Dean Ernest Wilson sees a bright for generations of Annenberg students with grand opening of the new building. 

Weathercast 10/01/2014

Wednesday 10/01/2014

No. 16 Trojans Look to Cool Down Sun Devils

USC Women's Soccer Collides with Colorado

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.
MOST POPULAR

A Look at the World's Largest Airborne Law Enforcement Agency


By Ani Ucar and Erin Ramirez
09/29/14 | 4:11 p.m. PDT

With 18 helicopters circling the skies, L.A. is home to the largest airborne force. ATVN's Ani Ucar takes us behind...

L.A. Celebrates 68 Years of Integration


By Jessica Moulite
09/29/14 | 3:27 p.m. PDT

In 1946, segregation in California schools was ruled unconstitutional.