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Old 5th Jan 2021, 16:23
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A350 Fuselage cracks

Does anyone have more information on this? A Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350-900, registered A7-ALL, was ferried to Shannon Airport (SNN) in Ireland, on November 13, 2020. There, aviation painting company International Aerospace Coatings (IAC) was supposed to give it a special livery to celebrate the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.

However, after the original livery was removed, cracks in the fuselage were reportedly found in the composite (CFRP) fuselage. It should now be ferried to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse for inspection and repairs.

https://www.aerotime.aero/26851-crac...qatar-a350-xwb
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 17:17
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I'll be interested to see how close to the tail the cracks were found.




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Old 5th Jan 2021, 17:25
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re the ground strike, it was evidently on the left elevator.
Serious incident Airbus A330-343 9M-XXC, 07 Jul 2018 (aviation-safety.net)
There is a link to the accident investigation than can be downloaded as a pdf file.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 20:00
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What has this ground incident got to do with the Qatar A350 reg A7-ALL? Has this A350 been involved with any unusual incdents? We need some information from Airbus.
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Surely the relevance is obvious. It was the other aircraft involved in the incident as per the report.
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Apologies to one and all, I should have read the report rather than just looking at the headlines. But we still need information from Airbus.
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Just saw that the aircraft was ferried to TLS today and actually flew at FL410. I am curious about what kind of cracks they’ve found.
Surely it wasn’t structeral.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 09:37
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If the cracks were in the rear fuselage, they may have been outside the pressure hull.
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"The issue is superficial / cosmetic and only visible when the top coat of paint is stripped. It is not a structural composite issue."

Interesting to see what Airbus will come back with - it was ferried from Shannon to Toulouse yesterday.
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