Airbus military plane faces more trouble after Spain crash

Airbus’ troubled A400M military plane has hit turbulence once again.

The cargo plane whose rollout went billions over budget and years over deadline is being grounded by numerous governments after a crash in Spain this weekend killed two pilots and two flight test engineers.

Though the crash is still unexplained, many of the governments who first ordered the A400M are keeping them in the hangars out of precaution, with leading buyer Germany openly criticizing its design. Shares in Airbus Group fell on the prospect of more trouble with the model.

The Airbus A400M military transport plane that crashed on Saturday near Spain’s Seville airport had been ordered by Turkey, the European aircraft maker said.

The company said in a statement that it had sent a team to Seville and was coordinating with authorities about the accident.

quotAt this point, we can confirm that the aircraft is MSN23, an aircraft foreseen for the Turkish customer,quot it said.

The A400M is Europe’s newest troop and heavy cargo carrier, designed for several NATO countries – Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain and Turkey.