Airbus A400M test flight crashes in Spain

Several countries have grounded A400Ms until crash cause is determined.

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The composites-intensive A400M from Airbus (Toulouse, France) crashed on May 9 near Sevilla Airport in Spain, killing four people and injuring two. The military airlifter with the serial number MSN023 was making its first production flight and had departed from Sevilla Airport at 12:45 pm local time. Turkey was scheduled to receive this aircraft in June.

Air forces across Europe have suspended flights of the A400M until the cause of the crash is determined. France has limited the use of the aircraft. There are a total of 12 A400M planes in use: France has six, Britain and Turkey with two each and Malaysia and Germany have one. 

Fernando Alonso, head of Airbus’s military aircraft division, said he will be on board the next test flight of the plane schedule for Tuesday, May 12, according to The Guardian. He says he will make the trip to demonstrate the company’s confidence in the plane. In a letter to staff, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said it would “demonstrate to our customers, the air forces, that we fully trust this great transport plane and are as committed to the programme and the further ramp up of deliveries and capabilities as eve.”

The aircraft has seen plenty of controversy due to delays and problems with the engines.

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