Britain has temporarily stopped operations of new military transport plane post crash near Seville airport in south-west Spain, which resulted in death of four crew members and seriously injuring the other two. The plane which crashed, was undergoing flight trials at Seville airport.
The Ministry of Defence runs two Airbus A400M aircraft, which have been put to halt.
An MoD spokeswoman said: “The UK’s A400M aircraft operations have been paused while an investigation into the crash in Seville is carried out. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved in the incident.”
The Royal Air Force (RAF) took delivery of its first Airbus A400M last November at RAF Brize Norton. In total, 22 have been ordered, which are to be delivered over the next few years.
Airbus Defence and Space said that of a total crew of six, four were killed and two were in hospital in a serious condition. All the crew members were company employees and of Spanish nationality. A spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by this tragic accident and we are providing all our care and support.”
The plane was to be the third aircraft to be delivered to a Turkish customer, and formal delivery was scheduled for next month.
The A400M is a large, propeller-driven transport aircraft. It is being assembled in Seville. Some 194 have been ordered by eight countries, including Spain, seeking a replacement to its ageing Hercules fleet.
The plane is suitable for three very different kinds of duties: tactical, strategic missions directly to the site of action, and being able to serve as a “tanker”. The plane is considered to be the ideal airlifter to fulfil the diverse requirements of nations around the globe in terms of military and humanitarian missions. It was launched in 2003 to respond to the combined needs of seven European nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK), with Malaysia joining in 2005. Its maiden flight took place in December 2009 and the delivery of the first A400M was on 1 August 2013 to the French Air Force.
Source: The Guardian