World’s new largest airliner may be grounded to a glitch in its engineering

Peter Woodman 
The Independent
February 8, 2012

Another wing crack problem has been found on the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380 superjumbo, whose future airline customers include British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

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The latest incident involves hairline cracks found on the wings of an A380 operated by Australian carrier Qantas.The wings of Airbus planes are made in the UK. Qantas has temporarily grounded the aircraft involved. 

The airline said the 36 cracks posed no threat to safety and they were different from the types of cracks that manufacturer Airbus found in the wings of two jets last month.

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