Airbus plans to resume A400M production test flights soon

7 June 2015 (Last Updated June 7th, 2015 18:30)

Airbus is reportedly planning to resume the production test flights of A400M military aircraft soon, in an effort to quickly complete the delivery under existing orders.

Airbus is reportedly planning to resume the production test flights of A400M military aircraft soon, in an effort to quickly complete the delivery under existing orders.

The company recently said that the A400M accident last month was connected to suspected software problems.

Airbus Defence & Space spokeswoman was quoted by Reuters as saying: "We hope to be able to fly our production aircraft soon.

"There are two aircraft ready to start the delivery process as soon as the temporary suspension of the licence has been lifted."

"There are two aircraft ready to start the delivery process as soon as the temporary suspension of the licence has been lifted."

In May, the Airbus A400M military transport plane crashed during testing near Seville in southern Spain, killing four people on board.

The preliminary analysis conducted by CITAAM revealed that its engines 1, 2 and 3 experienced power freeze after lift-off and did not respond to the crew’s attempts to control the power setting.

It also stated that all other aircraft systems performed normally and did not identify any other abnormalities throughout the flight.

According to Spanish Defence Minister Pedro Morenes, the Madrid authorities are conducting a meeting with Airbus to discuss a series of questions regarding the crash.

Morenes was quoted by El Pais newspaper as saying: "If the answers to the questions are positive, test flights of the grounded prototypes will be restarted and, from there, the authorisation for the others will start being granted.

"It’s all about allowing the company to implement the corrections they consider appropriate and to continue to operate, which is what we want."

The aircraft, which was on its first flight, was due for delivery to the Turkish customer this month.

Following the incident, countries including Britain, Germany, Turkey, Malaysia and Spain grounded their A400M fleets as a precautionary measure.