Cracks On Different Wing Part Also Discovered Two Years Ago But Not Covered By The Press
Industry sources have indicated yesterday that additional cracks have been found during inspection on at least one Airbus A380 airliner.
Cracks in a bracket of the wings were discovered a few weeks ago on The Superjumbo, as it is known, and then a few more A380s were found to have similar cracks just last week as well. European safety authorities then ordered inspections on roughly a third of the A380 fleet that’s in service.
Airbus maintains that the aircraft are completely safe, and the inspection and repair process is going smoothly:
“We have clear evidence that the airworthiness process is working,” a spokesman for the EADS subsidiary said. “An issue has been found, we reported it, we made a recommendation to our customers, EASA made it mandatory and the and the inspection and fix if necessary are both under way.”
Cracks on a wing part were actually discovered two years ago but Airbus says those were a different issue and that has been resolved.
The airlines carrying out the ‘first phase’ of tests and inspections on the airliner have until Friday of this week whereby Airbus is expected to release its findings.
Most people we’ve talked to say this is much ado about nothing and this type of thing is actually normal, especially for a jumbo jet. Still, it’s a bit of a PR black eye for Airbus.
Sites That Link to this Post
- Wing Cracks in All Six Singapore Airlines A380s that were Inspected | January 31, 2012
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- Qantas Grounds Airbus A380 After 'Different' Cracks Found on Wing Brackets | February 8, 2012
- Aircraft Expert on A380 Wing Issues: 747s Have Had Issues Too [VIDEO] | February 9, 2012
- Airbus A380 Wing Repair Could Ground Planes for 8 Weeks | June 11, 2012