The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has ordered Airbus A380 operators to inspect certain fuselage frame fittings to detect cracks, heeding industry input to eliminate requiring a minimum threshold before the work can take place. The directive (AD 2013-0266), published today and effective Nov. 18, requires special detailed inspections of fuselage frame 56 cruciform fittings. Cracks in the area developed during full-scale fatigue testing.  The checks must be performed before ...

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