|Singapore Airlines grounds A380
Singapore Airlines said Wednesday it had grounded an Airbus A380 superjumbo for further inspection after scratches were found on its fuselage.
The scratches were discovered after the double-decker plane, the world's biggest passenger aircraft, arrived in Frankfurt on Sunday from New York, SIA said in a statement, AFP reports.
There were 126 passengers and 26 crew onboard.
"The aircraft was subsequently grounded for checks and passengers were either transferred to other airlines or accommodated in hotels,'' the statement said.
"Following inspections by engineering teams in Frankfurt, it was determined that the scratches posed no safety issue and the aircraft was cleared for departure.''
The plane arrived in Singapore on Tuesday after a 23-hour delay and has been grounded for further checks.
SIA said the cause of the scratches has yet to be established.
"Our engineers are currently performing further checks on the aircraft, and it will resume service once cleared,'' the airline said.
A source close to Airbus told AFP in Paris on Wednesday that the scratches were probably caused by a "defrosting system'' at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Experts say the defrosting equipment is used to remove and prevent the build-up of ice on the plane's outer surface, especially on the wings and fuselage, by spraying chemicals using high-pressure water jets.