Leaking hydraulic fluid could damage aircraft rudders

2019-03-02 06:20:06

THE US National Transportation Safety Board has called for urgent inspections of some Airbus airliners following the discovery that leaking hydraulic fluid might cause catastrophic failure of the plane’s composite rudder. Such a leak may have been partly responsible for a Canadian A300 losing its rudder on a flight from Cuba last year, the NTSB says. The problem came to light during a routine inspection of an A300. The NTSB found that the rudder’s fibreglass skin had started to come unstuck from its honeycomb core,