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Is it safe to fly the Airbus A380 with its wing cracks issue?
Aviation - Airplanes
Monday, 10 September 2012 20:32

A380 wing cracks merely 'teething problems'

Hi Captain Lim,

Thanks for your website.

I have a ticket on Lufthansa A380 and a potential to change it to Boeing 747.

Is it safe to fly the A380 with its wing cracks or just fly the safer Boeing 747?

Thanks,

Ram

Hi Ram,

Yes, the wing cracks issue is one of concern to the average air travellers. However the airlines and Airbus have maintained that the planes pose no threat to safety and repairs have been carried out.

Airbus has traced the cause of the cracks to the “choice of a less flexible aluminium alloy used to make the wing brackets as well as the way in which fasteners are put through holes and the stresses involved in fitting portions of the wings together. “

However, interim fix has been applied to more than a third of the about 75 A380’s that are in service and I believe the planes will have the permanent fix after 2014.

In your mind you have decided to fly ‘the safer Boeing 747’. That is a fair assessment. However, Lufthansa said its airline has not found any cracks in its A380’s wings so far.

To me, any planes are safe to fly if they have been certified fit to carry passengers by the airline industry. Yes, there are often some teething problems in any new planes. (This is the same as for the Boeing 787).

Somehow, I am comfortable flying the newer and more spacious Airbus A380 with flying technology that are more superior than the Boeing 747-400’s.

As far as I am concerned, both planes are equally safe. Make your choice.

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sorry but...
“choice of a less flexible aluminium alloy used to make the wing brackets as well as the way in which fasteners are put through holes and the stresses involved in fitting portions of the wings together. “

With all excuses, but this sounds like amateur explanation. Is the A380 what is supposed to be or an home made cart?
aj , 29 Nov, 2012
A-380 and safety
I wish that what experts say is the right thing about the safety of the famous A-380 airplane. Everyone knows that this airplane is a marvelous realization by top engineers. However, the history tells us that for each top realization for transportation, there is most often a tragedy that may come with. We just have to remember the Titanic tragedy to have a lesson from life to be learned. A-380 wings cracks must be taken seriously to avoid tragic future accidents. Can you imagine wings broken during a flight over the oceans ? Can you imagine about 800 lives lost because of wings cracks ?

The Airbus Company must do the right thing.
Stéphane , 30 Jul, 2013

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