- Posted by cunninghamswai
- On May 12, 2015
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Following the crash of an A400M that killed four and injured two, Airbus has to pause efforts to improve performance as a part of Europe’s new airlifter program. The crash, which took place in the airport at Seville, Spain, took the lives of four crewmembers and two were seriously injured. The aircraft was on its maiden voyage, which lasted a short 15 minutes, and was the third MSN023 for Turkey.
The two surviving crewmembers escaped the burning aircraft after it hit an electricity pylon located just out of the airfield. The Spanish government has launched an investigation into the accident, with assistance from a team of airbus technical advisors. So far, voice and data recorders have been recovered from the crash.
There had already been 12 A400Ms delivered: six in France, one in Germany, one in Malaysia, two in Turkey, and two in the UK. All of these aircrafts have been grounded until the investigation is complete. The seven-nation European project has already had to reorganize top management this year following additional delays and issues. The largest issue to date has been :travelled work” on the fuselage sections built at the Airbus factory in Bremen, Germany. Airbus Defence and Space operations Vice President Pilar Albiac-Murillo has already visited the Bremen factory, stating her inspection led to a list of improvements that needed to be addressed.
Airbus is currently looking to expand their employee base for the final stage of assembly in Seville. Albiac-Murillo stated that they are working to improve the functions and processes of the assembly line in order to be able to more efficiently produce A400M aircrafts. Airbus is hoping to increase production rate to 2.5 aircrafts per month.
Following last week’s crash, Airbus is having to disrupt flight-testing additional capabilities, noting that 4 of the last 18 aircrafts delivered this year are expected to have these capabilities. The additional capabilities include aerial delivery, full cargo handling system, air-to-air refueling pods and defensive aids subsystem. Now Airbus has to postpone processes until the investigation into what caused the crash is completed. So far, one of the surviving passengers has stated that the flight suffered multiple engine failures.