EASA orders investigation for early A350-900s


Toulouse - Airbus has made a mistake in the production of the early A350s, which could cause a suspension failure in the worst case.

In the production of A350-900s from number 6 to 40, except a few aircraft, support bolts of the landing gear structure may have been installed in the wrong place. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) believes that this could lead to a chain reaction that could lead to failure of the main landing gear.

The EASA, therefore, ordered an inspection in an airworthiness directive and, if necessary, a correction of the vulnerability. All affected aircraft are from Qatar Airways, Finnair and Vietnam Airlines.

However, most operators are likely to have already resolved the problem. Airbus sent a service bulletin in May 2017, after the error was noticed in an internal quality control.