Future Large Aircraft: Accidents

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will prepare and publish a report on the causes of the recent crash of an A400m aircraft in Spain after the Spanish authorities have concluded their investigations.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Procurement)

The investigation by Spanish judicial and air accident investigation authorities into the A400M crash on 9 May 2015 is ongoing, and it would not be appropriate to make any comment prior to its conclusion.

Once complete, the outcome of that investigation will be reviewed to determine whether any further action is considered necessary.

Immediately after the crash the Ministry of Defence (MOD) temporarily paused flying its two A400M aircraft until more was known about the crash. I can confirm that the MOD is content that it now understands the likely cause of the crash and has put in place procedures to allow a safe return to flight and, as a consequence, UK A400M aircraft were cleared to return to flight on 15 June 2015.

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