UPDATE: Airbus Announces Cause of A400M Crash
UPDATE: 1600PST 5/29/2014 Senior Airbus officials have narrowed down the cause of the A400M crash that occurred on May 9th killing four of the six people onboard. The cause of the crash was due to improperly installed engine control software.
Airbus Chief Strategy Officer Marwan Lahoud said the incorrect installation took place during final assembly of the aircraft, which led to engine failure and the resulting crash. “The black boxes attest to that there are no structural defects [with the aircraft], but we have a serious quality problem in the final assembly,” said Lahoud.
UPDATE: 1430PST Airbus has reported there were six people on board the ill-fated A400M. Four are deceased with two in serious condition.
Sad news out of Seville, Spain as a new Airbus A400M crashed during flight trials.
Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy said up to 10 crew members were aboard the brand new Airbus A400M aircraft that was undergoing flight trials at the airport. Three crew members lost their lives while two were rushed to the hospital in serious condition. The remaining crew is still unaccounted for.
Early reports state that the aircraft signaled a systems fault prior to the crash. The Airbus then ran into power lines before hitting the ground.
According to the BBC, those on board were Spanish Airbus employees.
Airbus has said that the plane that crashed had been ordered by Turkey.
For the next 1.5hrs, the airport remained closed as fire crews extinguished the burning debris just outside the perimeter fence. Three incoming flights to Seville were diverted to Malaga and Jerez airports, said Spain's airport authority, AENA.
According to the Military Times, The A400M is a large, propeller-driven transport aircraft that is being assembled in Seville. First delivered in 2013, some 194 examples have been ordered by eight countries — including Spain — to replace their aging Hercules fleets.