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Qantas grounds cracked Airbus

By: Alethia Tiang, Australia
Published: Feb 08, 2012

AIRBUS   QANTAS   AIRLINE

Australia - Australian national carrier Qantas has reportedly grounded one of its Airbus A380 aircraft for a week after 36 cracks were found in its wings.

After facing severe turbulence, routine checks conducted by engineers at Sydney's main airport found 36 small cracks on the wings of the A380.

The cracks were no longer than two centimeters each and were different to the kinds found in previously check-ups, Qantas said in a statement.

However, the cracks were said to be not as serious as those discovered last month, Reuters reported.

Airbus had blamed manufacturing faults for the cracks found previously in their aircraft.

"This cracking is not related to the turbulence, or specific to Qantas, but is traced back to a manufacturing issue," the statement said, adding that the cracks had no effect on flight safety.

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