The news of the crash of the Airbus A400M at Sevilla is sad indeed. The loss of life aboard the four-engined transport aircraft is a tragedy and strikes a particular chord with me. A year ago I was in Sevilla, Spain at the Airbus facility being shown through the place where the A400M comes to life and attending briefings on its capabilities.
Today I sit here in darkness on the other side of the world and think of all of the wonderful people I met at Airbus and know that they are feeling a great loss at this time. My thoughts are with them and my friend who is currently in Sevilla visiting Airbus Defence and Space.
Aviation can never be taken for granted and while it is not inherently dangerous, it can prove to be unforgiving.
My sympathy goes out to all involved.
The latest Press Release from ‘Airbus Defence and Space’.
"Airbus Defence and Space confirms that an A400M aircraft has been involved in an accident near Sevilla (Spain) Airport on May 09, 2015 around 13:00 local time.
The aircraft with the serial number MSN023, was making the first production flight and had departed from Sevilla Airport at 12:45 pm local time.
Airbus is devastated to confirm that of a total crew of 6 on board we have lost 4 of our crew members in the accident. 2 other crew members are currently in hospital in a serious condition. All crew members are Airbus Defence and Space employees of Spanish nationality. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by this tragic accident and we are providing all our care and support.
An Airbus Group go-team of technical advisors is being dispatched to provide full assistance to the official committee in charge of the investigation.
MSN023 was foreseen to be the third aircraft to be delivered to the Turkish customer. The formal delivery was scheduled for June 2015."