Defence Ministry lifts Airbus A400M ban

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THE ban put in place by the Spanish Ministry of Defence on Airbus A400M planes after the May 9 crash in Sevilla, which killed four people, has been lifted.
On May 11, the ministry suspended the military aircrafts’ airworthiness certificates while investigations were carried out to determine the causes of the crash.
Three of the plane’s four engines were found to have failed to respond to the pilot’s controls. An unnamed fault has been identified, which investigators say caused the lack of response.
Airbus España president Fernando Alonso explained that the company had found out what it had to do to avoid planes flying with the fault, although it remains to be discovered exactly how the fault went undetected during safety checks prior to take off.
Now the ministry, which had lifted the ban on June 11 for certificates on prototypes used by Airbus Defence and Space to develop improvements on the A400M, has cancelled the suspension of certificates for all A400M crafts, including those currently being built.
An Airbus representative has stated that the tragic accident in Sevilla had not affected orders for the military aircraft, which has already been delivered in the UK, Turkey, France, Germany and Malaysia. Spain is due to receive its first A400M at the beginning of 2016.

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