Posted by: mulrickillion | February 8, 2012

Qantas, Korean Air check A380s for wing cracks

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Qantas Airways flight QF31, an Airbus A380 bound for Singapore and London, takes off from Sydney airport November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne.

By Narayanan Somasundaram and Ju-min Park, Feb 8, 2012 — SYDNEY/SEOUL (Reuters) – Qantas Airways and Korean Air will carry out inspections for wing cracks on their Airbus A380 superjumbo planes earlier than previously scheduled, after European air safety officials ordered global checks, warning of a safety risk if the defects were not fixed.

Singapore Airlines has been carrying out precautionary inspections of its A380s since January 20, during which it found defects needing repairs in eight aircraft, the airline said on Thursday.

"The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and we will ensure that we take whatever action is needed for the continued safe operation of our A380 fleet," said Singapore Airlines.

Australia’s Qantas Airways has already grounded one A380 for a week after discovering 36 separate wing cracks after a turbulent flight from London.

The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) said the widespread A380 defects could pose a safety risk in the world’s biggest passenger plane if left unremedied.

"This condition, if not detected and corrected, may lead to a reduction of the structural integrity of the airplane," the EU agency said in its directive to airlines.

While aviation experts agree the wing cracks are minor defects, of more concern is the fact that the problems are arising so early in the life of the $390 million, 525-seater aircraft, which went into commercial service in 2007. . . .

Qantas, Korean Air check A380s for wing cracks – Yahoo! News

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