25 Jan '12, 4am

More wing cracks in Airbus A380 planes have been found, say industry sources

DUBLIN (REUTERS) - Engineers inspecting Airbus A380 aircraft for cracks on a part inside the wings have found similar flaws on at least one aircraft, industry sources said on Tuesday. European safety authorities ordered urgent inspections on just under a third of the superjumbo fleet last week after two types of cracks were discovered on a bracket inside the wings of the world's largest jetliner. Cracks have been found inside the 9,100-square-foot wing of at least one of the superjumbos examined under last week's directive, industry sources said. They also said cracks on another part of the wing were discovered two years ago. The problem was documented at the time but attention has not focused on that incident until now. Airbus insisted on Tuesday this was a different issue from the latest flaws and had been resolved. European safety inspectors reacted to the earlier probl...

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