Airbus A400M Crash: Investigation Update Reveals Multiple Engine Failures

Lawyers Reveal Hopes For Swift Conclusion To Investigations

04.06.2015

Specialist lawyers representing victims of air crashes in the UK and abroad have welcomed Airbus’s latest update on the fatal A400M crash in Spain last month and urged for prompt answers as to what has caused these major failures.
 
Four people were killed and another two were injured when the aircraft came down shortly after take-off at San Pablo Airport in Seville on May 9th.
 
Now, an update from Airbus Defence & Space has confirmed that preliminary analysis of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder has been completed, with a key finding being that three of the four engines failed just before the crash.
 
Airbus added that initial examinations found that other systems had performed normally and did not identify any other abnormalities during the flight. The manufacturer added that further updates would be provided as investigations continue.
 
The release of the latest information has been welcomed by aviation law experts at Irwin Mitchell, who specialise in supporting injured victims and the families of those killed in air accidents in the UK and abroad.

Expert Opinion
"While there remains much to be done to complete a comprehensive review of this terrible tragedy, this update from Airbus clearly suggests a multiple engine failure that is astonishing.

"Large multi-engine aircraft are designed so that they can continue safe flight if an engine fails, but the rare occurrence of a three engine failure would mean that the aircraft would not have sufficient power to maintain altitude. Previous incidents of multiple engine failures include major events external to the aircraft, such as flying into a flock of large birds, or significant problems within the aircraft, such as ice or contamination in the fuel system.

"It is welcome to see Airbus being so transparent to ensure that key information is released to the public as soon as it becomes available, as both the families of those killed and the aviation industry will be keen for answers as to how this incident came to occur.

"Clearly the investigators now need to quickly identify the full chain of events that led to the failure of the engines, so that measures can be implemented to prevent this from happening again."
Jim Morris, Partner