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EASA orders A310 checks after in-flight wing-fence losses

European safety regulators have ordered Airbus A310 operators to check the type after at least three carriers suffered in-flight loss of wing fences.

All three reported wing-fence detachment from A310-300 aircraft, says the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Inspection of other examples of the twin-jet has uncovered cracked internal ribs within the wing-tip structure.

Initial examination suggests these cracks are the result of fatigue and EASA says that, uncorrected, the condition could lead to further wing-fence losses, with possible injury to people on the ground.

EASA has issued an airworthiness directive covering repetitive inspection on a number of A310-300 aircraft, but says it also applies to two specific A310-200s - currently listed in the fleets of FedEx and Air Bagan.

Operators could alternatively replace both wing tips with a modified design in accordance with an Airbus service bulletin.

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