More Airbus Wing Cracks Found
Inspections of Airbus (EAD.PA) A380 aircraft have revealed cracks inside the wing of at least one other jetliner, industry sources said on Tuesday according to a Reuters report.
Last week safety authorities in Europe ordered that nearly one-third of the Airbus superjumbo fleet be inspected following the discovery of two kinds of cracks on the same type of bracket inside the wings of the 525-seat airplane. The inspections are required for about 20 aircraft operated by Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI), Dubai’s Emirates and Air France (AIRF.PA), the report said.
The small cracks were originally found during repairs to a Quantus (QAN.AX) aircraft that had experienced an engine blowout in November 2010. Airbus and safety authorities both insist the superjumbo is safe to fly.