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Airbus says A380 wing cracks result of design mix

Tom Enders, the chief executive of Airbus, has said the cracked wings of the A380 double-decker airliner are the result of new technologies mixed with insufficient design controls that are now causing spiralling repair costs, Bloomberg has reported. The cracks have forced the plane maker to take more than €250m repair charges, and the company said this month that fixing its flagship airliner will occupy Airbus for years to come. "We thought we understood the properties of the materials and the interface between carbon fibre and metal and found out the wrong way we didn't know everything," Enders said.