A-400 Crashes in Spain

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Unread post10 May 2015, 02:36

Fresh off the production line...

http://www.wsj.com/articles/airbus-a400 ... 1431177546

Airbus A400M Transport Plane Crashes in Spain
Four people killed in accident, says Spanish government

An Airbus Group NV military transport plane crashed near Seville, southern Spain, killing four of the people on board, the Spanish government said Saturday.

A government official in Seville said the aircraft was carrying six people and crashed in a field about a mile north of Seville’s airport, catching fire upon impact. Two people were sent to the hospital with very serious injuries, she said.

An Airbus spokesman confirmed the crash of an A400M transport plane on its first flight. The aircraft, which was due for delivery to the Turkish air force in June, took off at 12:45 p.m. local time and crashed about 15 minutes later, Airbus said.

The Spanish air-accident authority, or CIAIAC, is leading the probe into the cause of the crash. Airbus said it had dispatched technical experts to the scene to support the investigation.

All six on board were Airbus employees and Spanish nationals, the company said in a statement. Airbus personnel typically perform a series of test flights before aircraft are delivered to customers.


The crash is the first of an A400M military airlifter, which Airbus assembles at a plant in Seville.

Like commercial airlines, the A400M is equipped with black boxes that record conversations between pilots and the functioning of system. Those two recording devices, which are designed to be able to withstand crashes and fires, could prove crucial in determining the cause of the crash.

Investigators will also rely on information from air-traffic control to reconstruct what happened. Plane-tracking website Flightradar24 said the aircraft crashed at 12:57 p.m. local time after reaching a maximum altitude of 1,725 feet and then descending at a constant speed of about 160 knots, or 184 miles an hour.

“We will do all it takes to support the authorities in their investigation, which has just been launched,” Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said...

The U.K. Defense Ministry said it had temporarily stopped flying its two A400M transport planes as a precautionary measure until more is known about why the aircraft went down. The German air force, which has one such plane, late Saturday followed suit. France, the largest operator of A400Ms, said it wasn’t grounding the plane at this point.
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Unread post10 May 2015, 07:06

Wow, this sucks for Airbus.
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Unread post10 May 2015, 18:14

Sad news - again.
And (in a tragic way) somewhat symptomatic for the entire A400M programme.
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Unread post26 May 2015, 00:57

https://www.defencetalk.com/airbus-warn ... nes-64260/

Airbus on Tuesday warned of a technical bug potentially affecting the engines of its A400M that was discovered during an internal test after one of the military planes crashed in Spain.

The company said in a statement it had sent out an alert to its clients urging them to carry out “specific checks of the Electronic Control Units (ECU) on each of the aircraft’s engines.”

The ECU controls how the aircraft’s engine operates.

The potential flaw was uncovered during internal checks separate from an official investigation into the crash of an A400M cargo plane near Seville in which four people were killed ten days ago.
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Unread post04 Jun 2015, 15:34

They've confirmed the cause of the crash... a malfuction in 3 of he 4 engines.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articl ... rm-413045/
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