Australia's Qantas grounds an Airbus A380 due to cracks

February 8, 2012 03:28

CANBERRA - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Wednesday it had grounded one its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft for up to a week after engineers found dozens of cracks in its wings during detailed inspections following a flight hit by turbulence.

The discovery of more instances of cracks on the wings of A380s has been expected after Airbus said last month it had found the problem and predicted a consistent pattern would emerge until it had time to conduct repairs.

However, the 36 small cracks were found during routine checks on the A380 at Sydney's main airport after a flight in which it experienced severe turbulence.

The cracks, each no longer than two centimeters, appear to be different to earlier kinds found in A380 wings, the Australian flag carrier said in a statement.

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