Aviation Lawyers Welcome Safety Move As MoD Grounds Airbus A400M Following Fatal Crash

Four Killed And Two Injured During Flight Trials In Spain


The Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) decision to ground its two Airbus A400M aircraft following a fatal crash in Spain involving the model has been welcomed by specialist aviation lawyers at Irwin Mitchell.
Four crew members were killed and another two injured in the crash, which occurred shortly after takeoff from San Pablo Airport, Seville (May 9th).
The RAF received its first Airbus A400M in November and in total 22 have been ordered and are expected to be delivered in the next few years.
A spokeswoman for the MoD stated that operations involving the aircraft have now been “paused” while an investigation into the crash is undertaken. It added that its thoughts were with the friends and families of those involved in the incident.
According to Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and specialist aviation lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, the grounding of the aircraft is a welcome step as more information is gathered to determine what caused the tragedy. Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team represent victims and the families of those killed in air accidents in the UK and abroad, including acting for the loved ones of those affected by the Germanwings tragedy earlier this year.

Expert Opinion
"With this being a newly developed military transport aircraft it is crucial that the investigators quickly identify what went wrong and that the operation of these aircraft is restricted until the cause is known.

"All aspects of the tragedy will need to considered, from the weather conditions at the time of the crash to the actions of the pilot and any technical or mechanical issues which may have played a part. The latter factors may be of particular focus considering the aircraft that crashed is reported to have been on an early test flight following manufacture by Airbus.

"Prompt answers are not only crucial to the ongoing flight safety and return to service of this strategic military aircraft, they are crucial to help the families of the aircrew victims understand what happened and what measures will be implemented to prevent a similar accident occurring."
Jim Morris, Partner