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A380 superjumbos to undergo checks

01-21-2012 08:16 BJT

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A380 superjumbos are to undergo safety checks after cracks were found in the aeroplane's British-made wings. Europe’s air safety authority told airlines Friday to inspect nearly a third of the world’s A380 superjumbo jets after Airbus found new cracks in metal brackets located inside the planes’ wings.

Airbus has insisted its A380 superjumbo is safe to fly, after the discovery of another set of cracks in the wings.

A380 superjumbos are to undergo safety checks after cracks were found in the
aeroplane's British-made wings.

It’s the second time in a fortnight that hairline cracks have been found in the world’s largest jetliner, which airlines began flying four years ago.

The European planemaker says it will develop inspection programs.

And Reuters sources say European safety authorities will order airlines to inspect the most heavily-used A380s in the next few days.

Airbus said the cracks were found on a number of "non-critical" brackets inside the wings of two aircraft, during routine two-year inspections - and similar faults showed up in five other aircraft in early January.

But the aircraft aren’t grounded, and Howard Wheeldon, Senior Strategist at BGC Partners says Airbus or the operating airlines wouldn’t be flying the planes if they were unsafe. He said: "I don’t think we should be worried at all because I think the commitment to the aircraft from the manufacturer and the words that they’ve used this week are supportive that this aircraft is very safe and should continue to fly."

The A380 has had a bumpy ride due to development problems and the blowout of a Rolls Royce engine on this Qantas-operated A380 in November 2010.

The news of the wing cracks hasn’t had much impact on shares in Airbus’ parent company EADS.

But after Airbus had a record year in 2011, selling significantly more planes than rival Boeing, it will need to solve this issue quickly if it hopes to repeat its success this year.

A380 superjumbos are to undergo safety checks after cracks were found in the
aeroplane's British-made wings.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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