A380 Cracking Up?

Qantas Airways has temporarily grounded one of its A380 superjumbos after discovering dozens of hairline cracks in its wings. They have said tehy:

1. do not pose a threat to safety

2. they are different from the types of cracks that manufacturer Airbus found in the wings of two jets last month


Should we be worried about my beloved A380?


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  1. With all of these issues they’ve been having, I am a bit worried personally. Maybe belugas weren’t meant to fly…

  2. University of New South Wales senior lecturer Peter Marosszeky told the Australian Science Media Centre that panic over the cracks was illogical:

    All new aircraft are likely to experience a few teething problems in their first few years of service. The checks of the fleet that have been ordered are a sensible step and will ensure that the airline operators have got the safest product flying that is possible.

    The types of cracks they are reporting are not of great concern and it is unlikely they would progress to the level where they would become a danger. I would not be overly concerned as it is something that is happening at a controlled level and that aircraft engineers will have a handle on

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