Cracks Found in A380 Jets from Singapore Airlines, Emirates & Qantas

More than a year after several of its A380 planes were grounded due to engine problems, Australian flag-carrier Qantas has acknowledged that cracks were found on the wings of some of the super-jumbo jets, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The airline is assuring passengers that there is no risk to safety.

Airbus has said that its A380s are safe to fly despite engineers finding tiny cracks in the wings of all five super-jumbos that have been inspected for the problem during heavy maintenance. The manufacturer has confirmed that the cracks have been found in various parts of the wing rib attachments of five super-jumbos—one belonging to Qantas, two to Singapore Airlines, one to Emirates and one of Airbus's development aircraft.

Airbus engineers discovered the problem during $130 million worth of repair work to Qantas's first A380, which has been at Singapore's Changi Airport since November 2010 after a mid-air engine explosion.


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