Airbus To Repair Cracks Inside A380 Wings

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 5:49 PM EST) -- Airbus has begun an inspection and repair process after Europe's Aviation Safety Agency issued an airworthiness directive citing cracks inside the wings of 20 of the Paris-based aviation giant's super-jumbo A380 aircraft, the company said Wednesday.

Airbus Executive Vice President Tom Williams told CNN in a phone call that the cracks — in the wing rib feet of the giant airliners — aren't from fatigue.

Each wing of an A380 has 2,000 wing rib feet, which essentially are brackets inside the wings that help hold them...
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