Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Singapore Airlines Finds Cracks In Wings Of 4 Airbus A380s

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Singapore Airlines Ltd. said Wednesday that inspections on four of its Airbus A380 superjumbos have revealed cracks in the wing rib brackets inside the wings of the double-decker aircraft and that repairs have either been carried out or are underway.

Parts have been replaced on one of the aircraft and it is back in service, the airline said. Repairs will be carried out on the other three planes, it said.

The inspections were ordered last week by the European Aviation Safety Agency on a third of the 60 A380s in service.

The plane is made by Airbus, a division of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co NV.

Singapore Airlines said the EASA Airworthiness Directive requires that it carry out checks on six of its 16 A380s by the morning of Jan. 28 and to carry out any necessary repairs.

The EASA directive also applies to aircraft operated by Dubai-based Emirates Airline and Air France-KLM (AF.FR) with a high number of takeoffs and landings.

Singapore Airlines said: "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. We have been liaising closely with Airbus and are keeping the relevant regulatory authorities fully informed."

Airbus has insisted that the aircraft are safe to fly.


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