Airbus Defence and Space ( Airbus DS) sent a warning note to clients of its military transport aircraft A400M, demanding controls the electronic engine management system, after the crash of one of these devices has 4 dead on May 9 in Seville (southern Spain).
warning note “asks operators to perform specific and regular checks of the ECU (electronic control unit, ed) on each engine of the aircraft before flight and perform additional checks after possible replacement engine or the ECU, “said Airbus DS in a statement.
According to an industry expert, this could translate into a loss control of engine power.
“To avoid any potential risk when flying to come, Airbus DS informed the operators of the actions necessary to perform” , the aircraft manufacturer said in a statement.
The survey is conducted by Spanish military authorities
But Airbus has not established a link between this problem and the potential A400M accident in Spain, a plane was on a test flight before delivery to Turkey which was scheduled in July.
The note issued by the “internal analysis resulting in Airbus DS and is part of its ongoing airworthiness, regardless of the official investigation course, “said Airbus DS.
” The information has also been sent immediately to the authorities responsible for the investigation “in Spain, added Airbus DS.
The survey is conducted by Spanish military authorities, specifically by the Commission of technical survey of military aircraft accidents (CITAAM) that shall report its conclusions to the magistrate hearing the case.
Following the accident, besides the two dead pilots and engineers, also has two serious injuries, Germany, Great -Britain, Turkey and Malaysia have suspended flights of aircraft in service
A total of 174 A400M aircraft have been ordered by eight countries. Germany, France, Spain, UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Turkey and Malaysia. Only twelve are in service today.