Airbus A380 Aircraft – Super Decker Plane. Super Smart or Super Dangerous?
Cracks have been found in three Airbus A380 airplanes, according to Australian aircraft engineers. Cracks were found in the wings of Singapore Airlines and Qantas airlines super-jumbos. As a result, Australian airline engineers are ordering the planes to be grounded for inspection.
“We can’t continue to game with people’s lives and allow those aircraft to fly around and hope that they make it until their four-yearly inspection,” Steve Purvinas, secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, said.
Both airlines and Airbus have admitted to the cracks but insist they pose no threat.
“We confirm that cracks were found on non-critical wing attachments on a limited number of A380s,” an Airbus spokesperson said.
“We’ve traced the origin of these hairline cracks, and developed an inspection and repair procedure which can be done during routine maintenance,” the Airbus spokesperson continued.
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Nicholas Ionides, spokesman from Singapore Airlines said in an email, “Cracks were found on a small number 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.”
Qantas discovered the cracks after an engine failure. The carrier said the engine failure was not the result of the cracks and both have now been repaired.
Some Brief Facts about Airbus A380’s
-Currently there are 67 Airbus A380s in use worldwide by seven airlines. These airlines include: Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Airlines, and China Southern.
-Singapore Airlines is the worlds’ second-biggest carrier. They currently operate 14 A380s and have five on order.
-Qantas currently operates 10 and has 20 A380s on order.
-Both Singapore Airlines and Qantas use Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
-The A380 has been in service for five years and seats 525 passengers in three classes.
-In total 238 aircraft have been ordered by 17 different airlines.
-The A380 can carry 525 passengers in a three class configuration; it can carry up to 853 passengers in economy class.