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A400M crash in Seville

Photo El País
Photo El País

(BRUSSELS2) An A400M crashed this Saturday (May 9) in Seville (Spain) during a test flight. This is the “MSN23” model, “ a device intended for the Turkish authorities » said the Airbus company, which confirmed the accident, indicating that a team from the manufacturer was traveling to the scene of the accident.

6 people aboard

Four people were killed instantly and 2 others seriously injured (with second and third degree burns), according to a provisional report detailed by the Spanish press. The survivors managed to jump “from the plane through one of the cockpit windows before the plane completely caught fire and exploded,” witnesses said (read here). However, the outcome could have been worse. And in Spain we salute the composure of the A400M pilot who crashed the plane in a potato field, thus sparing the nearby Coca Cola factory, homes and a Factory shopping center (read ABC).

First accident for military transport plane

Initial indications were that the plane had taken off when it alerted the control tower of problems. He reportedly attempted an emergency landing but hit a high-voltage line during his descent. This is the first accident for the European transport plane which had until now had a faultless record in terms of safety (even if delays have accumulated). But a hard blow for the European aircraft manufacturer whose A400M is currently being delivered.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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