Airbus A340-311, 4R-ADB
A member of the public informed the AAIB that an item, which they thought may have fallen from an aircraft, had been found in their wooden outbuilding. After lengthy investigation it was discovered that the item was the number three flap track fairing lower attachment fitting from a Sri Lankan Airbus A340-311. The reason for its separation from the aircraft was due to its attachment inserts pulling out of the fairing honeycomb structure, which allowed the fitting to rotate and unscrew from the eye end of the rod connecting it to the flap.
Airbus A340-311, 4R-ADB.pdf (370.93 kb)
Date of occurrence: 26 January 2005