A400 M Airbus crash investigation results revealed

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AN INVESTIGATION following the crash of an A400 M airbus last month, north of Seville’s airport, which killed four people, has revealed that three of the four engines malfunctioned in the test flight take off.
The official revelations come almost a month after the aircraft, which was designed as a troop and heavy cargo carrier for a group of European NATO nations, crashed and burst into flames on May 9. The aircraft was being prepared for delivery to Turkey.
Officials had earlier warned of a technical bug in the units which control the engines, which were believed to have been poorly installed during final assembly.
Investigators “confirmed that engines one, two and three experienced power frozen after lift-off and did not respond to the crew’s attempts to control the power setting in the normal way,” the company said in a statement.
“Preliminary analyses have shown that all other aircraft systems performed normally and did not identify any other abnormalities throughout the flight.”
On Tuesday, Spanish news website El Confidencial reported that several safety procedures were allegedly ignored in the final safety stages of the plane.
The computer system that controls the plane’s engines, the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), “should have been tested before, in a simulator, to check if everything worked,” the website added.
Fabrice Bregier, Airbus Group’s chief executive of the plane making unit said there was “either a weakness in the test procedure of planes before they fly, or a problem that results from the implementation of these procedures.”

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