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Minor Cracks Found on Airbus A380 Superjumbo Wings

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News, Grilled | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Minor Cracks Found on Airbus A380 Superjumbo Wings

Cracks Found on Airbus A380 WingsEuropean plane maker Airbus has warned that “minor cracks” have been found on the wings of some of its flagship A380 superjumbo jets, but insisted that there was no risk to passenger safety. The Toulouse-based company, the main subsidiary of aerospace giant EADS, said it had informed airlines operating the plane about the issue and recommended a way of fixing the problem during standard scheduled maintenance. In a statement, EADS said “We confirm that minor cracks were found on some non-critical wing rib-skin attachments on a limited number of A380 aircraft. We have traced the origin. Airbus has developed an inspection and repair procedure which will be done during routine, scheduled four-year maintenance checks. In the meantime, Airbus emphasises that the safe operation of the A380 fleet is not affected.” It added European safety regulators had approved the policy and that the plane’s performance was not affected. Read the full article »»»»