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Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Qantas Airways Ltd. has taken one of its Airbus SAS A380 passenger jets out of service for as long as a week after discovering cracks in wing parts, the airline said today.
The Charles Kingsford Smith aircraft has been grounded since Feb. 5, spokesman Thomas Woodward said by phone, confirming a report today in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
The cracking is different to so-called “type two” fractures that prompted Europe’s air safety regulator to order checks to about a third of the global A380 fleet last month, he said. The 36 small fractures are similar to cracking traced to manufacturing defects previously detected in a separate Qantas A380 aircraft currently grounded in Singapore.
The Charles Kingsford Smith has flown between 20 and 30 times since the cracks were discovered Jan. 7 in routine checks by the airline after it experienced severe turbulence on a flight from London to Singapore, he said. The aircraft was grounded after Airbus last week requested additional checks based on data sent by Qantas following the initial inspection, Woodward said.
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