Airbus superjumbo A380 grounded at air show

By the Associated Press | June 20, 2011 | 4:44 AM EDT

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Airbus' star jet has been grounded after clipping a wing on a taxiway structure, the latest in an embarrassing string of incidents for the European jet maker at the aviation industry's premier showcase.

The A380 super jumbo suffered damage to its wing tip Sunday after the slow-speed collision with a building at the Le Bourget airport, where the air show is taking place. The aircraft had been scheduled for demonstration flights during the show but these have now been cancelled, EADS spokesman Alexander Reinhardt said.

The Airbus A400M military transport plane also had to cancel a demonstration flight because of what the manufacturer described as a minor gearbox problem, although the aircraft will still make a flyover during President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to the show on Monday, Reinhardt said.