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Airbus Landing Gear May|Get Overloaded, FAA Says

WASHINGTON (CN) - Airbus 330 and 340 airplanes must be checked for landing gear cracks, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA believes the instances of cracking that brought the issue to its attention have been caused by "overload." The agency admits, however, that the root cause has not yet been established.

Two beams and a stop pad associated with landing gear have been found cracked. Breakage may cause the plane to go off the runway, gear collapses, or the part falling from the plane. Any of these problems may be dangerous at speeds above 30 knots, according to the agency.

The FAA is requiring detailed inspections of the main landing gear beams on numerous types of A330 and A340 planes. If deformation or damage is detected, a $1,000 repair is required.

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