The European Aviation Safety Commission (EASA) is conducting a special investigation of the oldest 25 Airbus A380s being mined after one was found to have cracks in the wing structure.
The investigation was conducted on July 5 and the crack was found on the outer surface of the rear beam – the bar (spar) is the main bearing component of the wing, inside and as long as wing length, A380 has large wings with a structure consisting of 3 beams with a beam between the middle and back beams.
Airlines that are currently operating the first 25 A380 lots will be required to check for cracks using specialized tools. Based on the results, EASA will be able to expand the survey on the entire A380 line with 237 units globally. It is known that the 25 units surveyed are the first batch following the 6 A380s currently stored by Airbus.
According to Aviation Week data, of the 25 A380s required to be inspected, 9 were from the Emirates, 6 were from Qantas. Both Emirates and Quantas use the A380 for routes to Europe. Singapore Airlines has 4 aircraft, Air France has 2, Lufthansa has 1, 1 of Hi Fly and the other 2 have been retired.
Among these A380s, one of the Qantas cars with the 0010 series had a broken engine. The incident with Flight 32 in November 2010 caused the A380 to return to Singapore for an emergency landing, with no human damage, but it took 18 months to fully repair, many structural components. replaced.
Current Airbus has since killed the A380 and the company is also working with EASA to assist with the investigation as well as providing corrective instructions.
The EASA's mandatory investigation did not cause the A380 to be suspended, but would require airlines that no longer operate the A380 to closely examine the fleet, thereby assessing the possibility of widespread problems. EASA did not say which A380 had cracks but with the introduction of 25 A380s in the first batch to be released into suspicion, the likelihood of cracks was found on one of the A380's six prototypes or in these 25 aircraft.
After the inspection, EASA will continue to issue re-inspection instructions every 36 months. If the cracks appear on many other A380s, the possibility of all the remaining A380s in the world will be suspended.
A few years ago the A380 line also suffered from wing-rib fracture (a wing-rib structure that was lined along the beams, creating the aerodynamic shape of the wing), which made Airbus replace this component. over 120 A380s and improved design.