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More cracks found in Airbus A380 wings (and EADS insists they're still safe to fly)
Reuters ^ | January 19, 2012 | Tim Hepher, Cyril Altmeyer, Harry Suhartono

Posted on 01/19/2012 12:35:15 PM PST by Zakeet

Airbus said on Thursday it had discovered more cracks in the wings of A380 superjumbo aircraft but insisted the world's largest jetliner remained safe to fly.

The announcement comes two weeks after tiny cracks were first reported in the wings of the 525-seat, double-decker aircraft, which entered service just over four years ago.

Airbus said it was in talks with the European safety agency, EASA.

"Additional cracks have been found and we are working closely on this issue with EASA," an Airbus spokesman said. "They do not affect safe operation of the aircraft.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: a380; airbus; safety; wing

This is gonna make a super-jumbo mess if those government subsidized experts are wrong!

1 posted on 01/19/2012 12:35:26 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Crack kills!


2 posted on 01/19/2012 12:38:38 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Zakeet
If it's not a Boeing, I'm not going.

Not that I'll go anyway, what with the TSA bullstuff.

/johnny

3 posted on 01/19/2012 1:00:01 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Zakeet

I’m going to go find an AIRBUS picture Jigsaw Puzzle. That should be an accurate depiction.


4 posted on 01/19/2012 1:02:32 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Zakeet
"They do not affect safe operation of the aircraft."

Until they do.

5 posted on 01/19/2012 1:02:32 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Zakeet

I’m going to go find an AIRBUS picture Jigsaw Puzzle. That should be an accurate depiction.


6 posted on 01/19/2012 1:02:57 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Zakeet
"Additional cracks have been found and we are working closely on this issue with EASA," an Airbus spokesman said. "They do not affect safe operation of the aircraft."

Of course they don't. Why, our research even indicates that cracks in major structural elements of passenger aircraft, just a few years into their expected decades-long service life, actually enhances passenger safety.

7 posted on 01/19/2012 1:04:23 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Zakeet
Remember the British “Comet Jet” of the late 1950s?

One of these monster devils will suddenly have a major structural failure AT speed and AT altitude, and the poor bugger driving it won't have time to hit his radio transmit button before he's in minus sixty degree air, and flying along with the thousands of independent and disconnected little pieces that used to be his airplane.

If it happens over deepwater, it could take months to even find the debris field...

8 posted on 01/19/2012 1:16:05 PM PST by William of Barsoom (In Omnia, Paratus)
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To: Zakeet

If it ain’t Boeing, I ain’t going!


9 posted on 01/19/2012 1:16:42 PM PST by Bobalu (Newt is just the a-hole we need at a time like this)
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To: Steely Tom

So the cracks affect the unsafe operation of the aircraft.


10 posted on 01/19/2012 1:18:07 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Zakeet

I wouldn’t get on a 172 that had cracks on the wings. I don’t care how much redundancy is built into the 380....THERE’S A REASON THE CRACKS ARE THERE.


11 posted on 01/19/2012 1:25:34 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: William of Barsoom
If it happens over deepwater, it could take months to even find the debris field...

And no one will remotely conceded that the forementioned cracks had anything to do with it...

12 posted on 01/19/2012 1:34:58 PM PST by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I guess it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Delta launch this evening from KSC

13 posted on 01/19/2012 1:42:44 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: Zakeet

Cracks in the wing? What’s the big deal — it has two.

Am I qualified to be an Airbus PR guy, or what?


14 posted on 01/19/2012 1:48:42 PM PST by sphinx
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To: Zakeet

It will be a safe aircraft until a wing comes off, then it won’t so safe.


15 posted on 01/19/2012 1:52:05 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

....well ...we already had an EADS delaminated tail fin.....not shure what model.


16 posted on 01/19/2012 2:12:19 PM PST by spokeshave (Ron Paul finally lit a match after dousing himself with gasoline)
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To: Zakeet
Airbus A380 test wing breaks just below ultimate load target
17 posted on 01/19/2012 2:17:56 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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To: Zakeet
These morons are going to have to loose one of these (and a couple of hundred people) before they do anything.

I wonder if the FAA can prohibit a particular aircraft model from operating in US airspace...

At least the debris from the thing coming apart in flight won't rain down on American heads.

18 posted on 01/19/2012 2:30:21 PM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: spokeshave

If you’re referring to the incident in late 2001 in the New York area, it was an A300.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Airlines_Flight_587


19 posted on 01/19/2012 2:51:33 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Zakeet

The A380 design and manufacture was heavily influenced by politics. What could possibly go wrong?


20 posted on 01/19/2012 2:57:10 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Zakeet

The A380 makes the BUFF look sleek and elegant.

21 posted on 01/19/2012 2:58:40 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Zakeet

In Heaven, all the chefs are French, the policemen are British, and the engineers are German...

But in Hell, all the chefs are British, the policemen are German, and the engineers are French...

I agree...”If it ain’t Boeing, I ain’t going!”


22 posted on 01/19/2012 4:45:18 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

For the record, is Nickel Hydrazine Perchlorate your sister? Aunt?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2834308/posts


23 posted on 01/19/2012 4:54:21 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Steely Tom

Crack is a great stress reliever - until it breaks!


24 posted on 01/19/2012 4:56:53 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Zakeet

Just put some extra pop rivets in them and a little duct tape around the edges. They’ll be fine.


25 posted on 01/19/2012 4:57:51 PM PST by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: Zakeet

I flew on an Air France A380 in August traveling between Washington and Paris, cashing in some Delta Sky Miles for the trip. Really enjoyed myself; glad I didn’t know about the cracks in the wings.


26 posted on 01/19/2012 6:28:54 PM PST by nd76
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To: elteemike
But in Hell, ...

...the cruise-ship captains are Italian.

27 posted on 01/19/2012 6:50:30 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: bert

Great aunt by marriage! LOL!


28 posted on 01/19/2012 6:56:29 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’ve actually seen that plane landing, in light winds (10-15 mph) you have about a million pounds bouncing like a tennis ball. IMO, IT’S TOO BIG!!!


29 posted on 01/19/2012 10:00:14 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: elteemike

I’ll take my chances with an Italian steamship rather than get on one of those....


30 posted on 01/19/2012 10:02:48 PM PST by Frank_2001
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