20 Airbus A380s inspected for cracks

The company confirmed six A380s with the highest number of takeoffs and landings must be checked by Friday.

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  • Airbus A380 jets are being inspected; cracks found inside some wings
  • Airbus said the situation was not an airworthiness or safety issue
Twenty Airbus A380 Superjumbo jets will be inspected after cracks were found inside some wings, the manufacturer said Wednesday.
The European Aviation Safety Agency ordered the inspections.
"This is not a fatigue problem, but a problem during the manufacturing process," said Tom Williams, an Airbus executive vice president.
Airbus said the situation was not an airworthiness or safety issue.
The company confirmed six A380s with the highest number of takeoffs and landings must be checked by Friday. The remaining 14, two of which are Airbus test aircraft, will checked within the next six weeks.
Airbus said it has provided a "repair scheme" to airlines.
When asked whether this was a teething problem associated with new aircraft, Williams told CNN: "We [Airbus] pushed the boundaries on this aircraft with the carbon fiber rib skin, an innovative design to increase fuel efficiency. These cracks are a result of a combination of factors during the design and manufacturing process."
Airbus said the cracks were found on "a limited number of noncritical brackets" inside wings.