Hong Kong B744 near Hong Kong on Jun 7th 2014, wing panel fractured in flight
Last Update: July 5, 2016 / 20:44:41 GMT/Zulu time
The aircraft was out of service for repairs until Jun 14th 2014.
The airline's parent company Cathay Pacific confirmed the crew felt unusual vibrations of the airframe prompting them to return to Hong Kong as a safety precaution. Another aircraft carried the cargo to Shanghai.
In 2016 The Aviation Herald received information that delamination of the wing panel was identified as cause of the fracture. The issue had been known already, Boeing had issued a service bulletin in 1994 offering replacement of the panels or regular inspection. The operators of (later) B-HUS and B-HUR had decided for the inspection option. Soon after B-HUR was also found with deterioration of the wing panel like B-HUS.
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