Airbus finds a fix for their A380 wing cracks

January 28th, 2012 - 1:00 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Jan 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Plane maker Airbus has announced that the company has found a simple fix for the superjumbo wing cracks. The problem seems to affect the A380 model of the plane.

The European Aviation Safety Agency announced last week that airliners should check all their A380 fleets. Airline safety officials became concerned when two cracks on the wings were detected just weeks from each other.

In an press conference yesterday, the executive vice-president of programmes at Airbus, Tom Williams, emphatically stated that, “The A380 is safe to fly.”

The company acknowledged the problem and stated the problem comes from the materials used to manufacture the wings. The company however ruled out the suggestion that fatigue is to be blamed for the cracks. The Airbus A380 fleet was introduced in 2007 so the airline manufacturer says it can’t be due to fatigue.

Some analysts are impressed with the approach of Airbus. Howard Wheeldon of BGC Partners told The Telegraph that, “This is a game-changer in getting out information that in the past we weren’t told. You can’t dismiss these things, but it is not a serious issue and they have a solution at hand.”

The affected wings are manufactured in the United Kingdom.

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