Turkey stops flights of two A400M aircraft after crash in Spain

The Turkish Air Force have suspended the flights of the two A400M Atlas aircraft in its inventory, after the same model plane crashed in a test flight in Spain.

Turkish Air Force Commander Gen. Akin Ozturk gave the order for the suspension as part of a security measure. The duties assigned for these aircraft have been transferred to other planes. However, the Turkish military officials said that the accident in Spain does not necessarily mean that the A400M Atlas planes are unsafe.

Spain said on Sunday it had found the two black boxes from the crashed Airbus A400M military aircraft that ploughed into a field north of Seville airport in its maiden test flight on Saturday, killing four of the six test crew. The black boxes had been handed over to investigators, the government said in a statement.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy late on Saturday asked for maximum transparency from Airbus during the investigation into the cause of the crash. Britain and Germany grounded their fleets’ A400Ms, Europe’s new troop and cargo carrier, after the first crash involving Europe’s largest defense project, which has already been marred by delays and costs. France will keep its six A400Ms in operation for now but will limit their use, its defense minister said on Sunday. quotOnly flights of extreme importance for operations will be allowed,quot

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Drian said. The planes, which cost just over 100 million euros ($112 million) each, are assembled in Seville. Two of the Spanish test crew remain in hospital with serious injuries. Airbus is investigating the causes of the crash, as is a team sent by the Spanish government.