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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Airbus Reports Fatal Accident Involving A400M Test Aircraft

Juliet Van Wagenen

Airbus A400M aircraft
Airbus A400M aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia

[Avionics Today 05-12-2015] Airbus Defense and Space confirms that an A400M aircraft has been involved in an accident near Sevilla Airport in Spain on May 9 around 1:00 p.m. local time.

The aircraft with the serial number MSN023, was making its first production flight and had departed from Sevilla Airport at 12:45 p.m. local time. Airbus has also confirmed that four of the six crewmembers on board died in the accident. The remaining two crewmembers are currently in the hospital and are reported to be in serious condition. All crewmembers are Airbus Defense and Space employees of Spanish nationality.

An Airbus Group go-team of technical advisors are currently being dispatched to provide full assistance to the official committee in charge of the investigation. MSN023 was intented to be the third aircraft to be delivered to the Turkish customer. The formal delivery was scheduled for June 2015.

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