06 Jan '12, 3am

Singapore Airlines says cracks found in Airbus A380 wings

(REUTERS) - Singapore Airlines (SIA) , the world's second-biggest carrier by market value, said on Friday it has found cracks on the wing ribs on two of its Airbus A380s, but added the cracks pose no threat to safety and repairs have been carried out. The remarks came after Airbus said on Thursday that engineers discovered minor cracks in the wings of a 'limited number' of A380s, but the cracks were not affecting the safety of the aircraft. 'Cracks were found on a small number of wing rib feet on an Airbus A380 during inspections in the second half of last year. These pose no safety issue and repairs were carried out on the aircraft,' SIA's spokesman Nicholas Ionides said in an e-mail to Reuters. 'Repairs were subsequently carried out on a second aircraft. We have kept the relevant regulatory authorities fully informed, and will be carrying out inspections and any necessar...

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