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Airbus working to fix bracket cracks in A380s

Jan. 19, 2012, Paris, Fra. - Airbus says it's found new cracks on metal brackets inside the wings of two A380 superjumbo jets after inspections launched following the 2010 incident in which a Qantas A380's engine disintegrated in flight.


January 19, 2012
By Carey Fredericks

In a statement Thursday Airbus says the cracks were found "on a limited number of non-critical brackets inside the wings of some A380s."

These "wing rib feet," as the part is known, connect the wing's ribs to its skin.

A different kind of crack on the same part was discovered and repaired on two of Singapore Airlines' seven A380s following inspections that followed the November, 2010 explosion of a Rolls Royce engine on a Qantas A380 flying from Singapore to Sydney.

The plane, carrying 466 people, returned to Singapore and made a safe emergency landing.

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