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European aviation agency EASA orders Airbus A350 safety fix

The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued an air worthiness directive about Airbus A350 -941 aircraft, warning that a problem could lead to an engine explosion under certain conditions if not corrected.

The Cologne, Germany-based agency, said that Airbus has already come up with a fix and the directive, which goes into effect Thursday, orders that it be implemented on all affected planes.

The problem involves the hydraulic fluid cooling system in the fuel tanks. EASA said a failure discovered with the hydraulic “engine driven pump” could cause a fast temperature rise.

The emergency directive is addressed to operators of Airbus A350-900 long-haul aircraft to upload a software fix to prevent potential overheating of the hydraulic system and a risk of explosion.

 If not corrected, EASA said the condition “could lead to an uncontrolled overheat of the hydraulic fluid, possibly resulting in the ignition of the fuel-air mixture in the affected fuel tank.” the Associated Press reported.
Airbus has delivered over 100 of the aircraft so far, which is flown by airlines including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines. Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways.
Airbus said it had informed operators of the short-term software fix and was investigating whether further action was needed.
Following the warning, the Airbus has issued an emergency patch to stop its A350 airliners from exploding. The fix is an update to the aircraft’s Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL).

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