All Airbus A380s to be checked for cracks
February 12th, 2012 by elisa

All Airbus A380s have been ordered to be checked following cracks that were found in the wings of aircraft belonging to Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Air France.

The cracks were found during inspections last month, and although Airbus insist that the cracks are minor and pose no threat to passenger safety, the European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered all 67 of the aircraft in service to be examined.

The inspections will take place gradually and will not be taken out of service. An Airbus spokesman said in January that “micro-fissures show up regularly on an airplane. There’s nothing abnormal, and of the 67 aircraft in service, only a small number are concerned.”

Qantas did ground one of its A380s last month however, following a maintenance inspection which revealed dozens of tiny cracks in its wings, similar to the cracks in metal brackets Airbus found in two A380s last month.

The German weekly Der Spiegel reports the cost to fix these cracks is expected to be around one million euros (USD 1.3 million) per aircraft.


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