Thai Airways inspects Airbus A330 fleet
- Published: 13/09/2013 at 02:22 PM
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Thai Airways International (THAI) has ordered an inspection of its entire Airbus A330 fleet after this week's accident involving a model that Europe's air safety authority had warned years ago has a defective part in its landing gear.
Airbus said it has launched a parallel investigation.
Flt Lt Montree Jumrieng, an airline official who oversees inspections, said Friday that inspectors have not yet found any problems in THAI's 26 other A330s.
He said investigators were studying why the recommended maintenance failed to prevent a mishap outlined in a June 2011 directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Sunday's flight from Guangzhou, China, skidded off the runway after landing at Bangkok's international airport. Fourteen people were injured. Thai Airways says the accident occurred because the plane's landing gear collapsed.
Flt Lt Montree said Wednesday that preliminary testing showed the accident was the result of a defective bogie beam on the aircraft's landing gear. He said the faulty part caused the gear to collapse about 1km down the runway.
The European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) directive issued in 2011, the main landing gear (MLG) bogie beam of some Airbus aircraft series, including the A330-300, prematurely fractured as a result of its assembly method during ground load tests.
"Fracture of a MLG bogie beam under high speed could ultimately result in the aeroplane departing the runway, or in the bogie detaching from the aeroplane, or MLG collapse, which could cause structural damage to the aeroplane and injury to the occupants," the directive said.
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