Passenger notice missing screws on the wing, flight cancelled
A Virgin Atlantic flight to New York was cancelled last week just before take-off after a passenger said he noticed several screws missing from the wing of the aircraft.
On 15 January, while on board flight VS127 at Manchester Airport in the UK, 41-year-old British traveller Phil Hardy noticed four missing bolts and decided to alert the cabin crew.
A Virgin Atlantic representative said engineers were immediately called in to carry out maintenance checks before the Airbus A330 aircraft's scheduled departure to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
The footage taken by Hardy shows one of the engineers climbing onto the wing of the aircraft and then repairing some fasteners with a screwdriver.
The Virgin representative said the flight was cancelled to "allow time for additional precautionary engineering maintenance checks", giving our team maximum time to complete their investigations.
Neil Firth, Airbus' A330 local chief wing engineer, stated that the affected panel is a secondary structure used to improve the aerodynamics of the aircraft.
"Each of these panels has 119 fasteners, so there was no impact on the structural integrity or load capacity of the wing and the aircraft was safe to operate," Firth said:
"As a precautionary measure, the aircraft underwent an additional maintenance check and fasteners were replaced."