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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:03 PM
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Airbus jets face rudder probe
Long Beach Press Telegram

Airbus jets face rudder probe

U.S. airlines must inspect parts after scare.
By Leslie Miller
Associated Press

Friday, March 25, 2005 - WASHINGTON U.S. airlines will be ordered to inspect the rudders of certain Airbus jets following an incident in which most of the rudder fell off an A310 in flight, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.

The FAA directive, to be issued Monday, affects A310s and A300-600s. American Airlines and FedEx, the only U.S. airlines that fly those models, have a combined 112 of those planes.

A plane operated by Canadian-based Air Transat lost nearly all of the rudder the vertical moving part at the back of the tail fin soon after leaving Cuba for Quebec on March 6. The pilot was able to control the aircraft and returned to Varadero, Cuba. None of the 270 passengers and crew was injured.

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phoebe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:05 PM
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1. no doubt funded by Boeing in order to discredit Airbus..
n/t
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Colorado Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 04:08 PM
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2. Ummmm - the tail DID fall off - IMO the tail assembly of
these jets SHOULD have been inspected years ago.

This won't be the first time an inspection has been put off until long after the horse has left the barn. I refer for example to the cargo door locking assembly on the DC-10. The difficulty of ensuring the latch was secure on the tail-end cargo doors cost hundreds of lives.

Perhaps an earlier and more vigorous action on the part of the FAA could have avoided at least some of these losses.

In the case of the tails, they are made partially, I believe, of composite materials. Perhaps there is something about them we should learn. When the Comet came out in the 1950's, we weren't as aware of the vagaries of metal fatigue on big jets as we are now - and several crashed, killing all aboard.

No plot here, I think, just overdue action.
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SixDollarBurger Donating Member (34 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 04:27 PM
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3. DC-10
The cargo door on the DC-10 wes a bad design from the beginning. It was only a matter of time until it failed. Too bad that so many people had to die before MD finally did something about it.
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Colorado Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 01:11 PM
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4. Amen.
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