Airbus A380, Other Planes, Plagued by Accidents at Paris Air Show

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Airbus Airplanes Plagued by Accidents at Paris Air Show

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There will be no Airbus A380 or A400M demonstrations at the Paris Airshow as two of the company's jets have been damaged.

Airbus' A380 demonstration craft struck a building with its wingtip Sunday while taxiing at LeBourget airport. Meanwhile, Airbus had already confirmed that its A400M military plane would not be demonstrated due to issues with its gearbox.

"Airbus experts are currently inspecting the aircraft, but it is already confirmed that the A380 MSN 004 will not perform the flying display at the Le Bourget Air Show 2011," the company told Agence France Presse in a statement.

However, the A400M will still participate in a flyby, according to the BBC.

Airbus' difficulties "left Boeing able to steal the limelight on the first day of the show with its new, lengthened 747-8 jumbo," reports the paper. But, it's the A380 superjumbo that's currently the largest passenger plane in the world, accommodating 853.

The Paris International Air Show began on Monday and will run through June 26th, featuring over 140 aircraft.


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