EASA orders additional inspections on A380 wing parts

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European safety authorities are instructing Airbus A380 operators to conduct additional checks on wing parts for the type.

The latest airworthiness directive requires visual inspection of shear cleats after full-scale fatigue testing turned up cracks on two intercostals cleats on the fixed leading edge.

In its directive the European Aviation Safety Agency states that the check must be carried out within 2,500 cycles.

A380s have been subject to close scrutiny in recent weeks following the discovery of cracks in wing-rib foot structures.