Thursday, May 5, 2011

EU Proposes Airbus Jet Inspections

Thursday, May 5, 2011

European aviation regulators, concerned about large batches of suspect nuts installed on single-aisle Airbus jets, on Wednesday ordered detailed inspections and possible replacement of the defective parts on more than 170 of the planes used around the world.

The proposed safety directive, which is subject to weeks of industry comment, covers certain of the European manufacturer's A319, A320 and A321 twin-engine models.

According to the European Aviation Safety Agency, "a large number" of suspect nuts were installed in the fuselage and fuel-tank areas of the jets during assembly. "If not corrected," the agency said in its proposed directive, use of ...

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