FAA Orders Inspections Of Airbus Planes For Fuselage Cracks

Law360, New York (March 18, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT) -- The Federal Aviation Administration announced a rule on Tuesday grounding any Airbus SAS A300 jumbo jets found with tiny cracks in a fuselage component, toughening an inspection regime European regulators imposed last year when reports of the cracks emerged.

Unlike a service bulletin Airbus issued in response to the European Aviation Safety Agency’s concerns, the FAA is prohibiting any model A300 widebody jets from further flight if cracking is detected in base fittings connected to the central wing box.

“We have determined that, because of the...
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