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Fatal Airbus crash link to software error probed
By thinkSPAIN Team Fri, May 22, 2015
AN AIRCRAFT on its second test flight which crashed near Sevilla killing four members of the crew may have suffered 'computer problems', says a recent report.
Data logs in the Airbus A400-M were said to contain 'glitches' that may be key in resolving the enigma as to why the craft, due to be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces, went down.
Each engine of the Airbus has an Electronic Control Unit, known as an ECU, which interpret the pilot's instructions to make the engines perform to the best of their capabilities.
Issues were found with this data transfer and interpretation after reading details recorded of what happened in flight, taken from the computer logs.
But it is thought the way in which the ECU software had been installed rather than any defect with the programme itself is likely to have been at the root of the problem.
Four crew members, including the pilot, lost their lives when flight MSN23 landed in a potato field.
All of them were employees of the Airbus plant in Sevilla, not the Armed Forces, although the new A400-M model was destined for NATO partners in Europe.
The pilot managed to avert a much greater tragedy by aiming at the potato field when he saw the plane was going down, avoiding a nearby residential area by the skin of his teeth.
Teachers at a local school say the craft was flying so low above their building that they could read its registration number.
Delays in production and costs over budget led to defence ministers in Europe's NATO partner countries having to supply additional funds ahead of the launch of the new A400-M whilst it was in the production process.
And its being placed in operation looks set to be put back even further until investigations into the cause of the crash are complete and any problems detected are resolved.
The UK is among Airbus' client countries which has decided to suspend all test flights until more information is at hand.
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