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Cracks found in two Qantas A380 planes

Qantas, which operates a dozen A380 jets, is considering seeking compensation from Airbus for the disruptions caused by problem.



Melbourne: More cracks have been found in the wings of two Qantas A380 planes after a global safety directive ordered further inspections and repairs.

Qantas had inspected two jets since the European Air Safety Authority (EASA) order about the global Airbus super jumbo fleet - and cracks were found on both of them.

According to a news.com.au report, the cracks were reportedly “type two” - which means they were deemed more serious.

A Qantas spokesman was quoted, as saying that there were only a small number of cracks detected.

Engineers discovered and fixed the cracks on the Nancy-Bird Walton, which remains grounded in Singapore since suffering a mid-air engine failure in November 2010, and another A380 jet which has since returned to service.

The Nancy-Bird Walton is expected to return to service in May.

Qantas, which operates a dozen A380 jets, is considering seeking compensation from Airbus for the disruptions caused by problem.

There are still 10 planes that will need inspections - and possibly repairs.

The airline will inspect two more of its A380 fleet this year - with one confirmed for April.

A Qantas spokesman said it was a global fleet issue and did not pose a safety risk.

ANI

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