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DJ FAA Mandates Swift Rudder Inspections of Airbus Jets -- Market Talk

· 02/04/2021 16:23

16:23 ET - US air-safety regulators ordered high-priority inspections to check the structural integrity of rudders on more than 1,600 single-aisle Airbus jets registered in the US. The move, following a similar safety directive issued last month by European authorities, is intended to check for potentially hazardous internal breakdowns of sections of composite rudders installed on various Airbus models, including popular A320 and A321 aircraft. If inspections reveal problems, the issues must be resolved. Over the years Airbus has had durability and safety problems with some composite parts, and this time the inspections are intended to identify problems stemming from earlier rudder repairs. Defects could cause "reduced structural integrity of the rudder, and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane," according to the FAA. (andy.pasztor@wsj.com)

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February 04, 2021 16:23 ET (21:23 GMT)

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