MoD suspends two planes after crash

Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain has temporarily stopped using a new military transport plane after one crashed near Seville airport in south-west Spain today, killing its crew.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has two Airbus A400M aircraft, and their operations have been “paused”.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said up to 10 crew members were on board the plane, which was undergoing flight trials at the airport. It is not known if any others were injured.

An MoD spokeswoman said: “We are aware of reports that there has been an A400M crash in Seville. As a precaution, the UK’s A400M aircraft are temporarily paused.”

Airbus Defence and Space said: “We confirm that there has been an accident with an A400M in Sevilla. At this point, we can confirm that the aircraft is MSN23, an aircraft foreseen for the Turkish customer.”

Spain’s airport authority, AENA, said Seville airport had been closed because its fire crews had gone to attend the crash, outside its perimeter fence.

All flights to Seville were being diverted to Malaga and Jerez airports, it said.

An industrial estate near where the Airbus came down in the suburb of Carmona lost electrical power as a result of the crash.

Photographs published on the website of leading Spanish newspaper El Pais showed fire services extinguishing the blaze at the smoking wreckage in a ploughed field.

The A400M is a large, propeller-driven transport aircraft that is being assembled in Seville. Some 194 have been ordered by eight countries, including Spain, seeking a replacement to its ageing Hercules fleet.

Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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