New problems have been detected on Airbus’s giant A380 super jumbo jet, adding to the woes of the fledging aircraft which is already afflicted with wiring problems.
Problems with section 19 of the fuselage were detected during trial flights in Toulouse, southern France, according to an internal Airbus document, the weekly Der Spiegel reported in its edition which goes on sale Monday.
Tests of the tail section of the A380 turned up “weaknesses”, said the normally well-informed news magazine Der Spiegel citing confidential Airbus documents it obtained.
The report says the high-tech tail section, which is manufactured in Spain, will have to be strengthened.
The European aircraft manufacturer decided in early March to reinforce section 19, the aft cone of the fuselage, Der Spiegel reported.
Airbus said that a fault discovered in the fuselage of its A380 super jumbo in the spring has been long since resolved, saying it was “astonished” at how the issue was “blown up” in a German magazine article. The fault is an “old issue which has been fixed”, with the company carrying out “reinforcements on the structure, and there is absolutely nothing abnormal about that,” a spokeswoman for the European aerospace group said.
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