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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Airways Spots Cracked Wings




LONDON -- British Airways said Monday it had detected cracks in the wings of its seven supersonic Concorde aircraft f causing one plane to be grounded f but insisted there was no danger to passengers.


The airline said the cracks had been detected some months ago, but all seven aircraft had remained in service until the problem was found to have worsened in one plane last week.


"We detected a few months ago some cracks in all our Concordes in a rear spar," said a British Airways spokeswoman.


Each of the cracks was around 50 millimeters, the spokeswoman said.


Routine monitoring revealed last week that the crack in one aircraft had grown by around 16 millimeters.


"As soon as that was detected the aircraft was withdrawn from service," said the spokeswoman.


British Airways said passengers had not been at risk, and there was no danger posed by the cracks in the six aircrafts that continued to fly.