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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Oct 21, 2012

Airbus Airbus Military has identified the cause of an in-flight refuelling boom detachment that affected an A330 MTT multirole tanker transport early last month, and says the incident was the result of a unique set of test circumstances. The EADS-designed boom structure detached from the aircraft during a customer pre-acceptance flight on 10 September, before falling in a remote part of Spain from an altitude of 27,000ft (8,230m). No-one was injured in the incident, and the tanker - one of three destined for delivery to the United Arab Emirates - landed safely at Airbus Military's Getafe site near Madrid. Airbus Military says a unique addition to the boom developed for the customer was being tested at the time of the incident. A back-up boom hoist intended to allow the structure to be retracted in the event of a failure to its primary system was being used, but its effects were unexpectedly countered by the main system until a failure and separation occurred. The set of circumstances being tested during the sortie could not have happened under normal operating conditions, the company notes, and procedures have been drawn up to prevent a repeat. Oct 19, 2012

Airbus Airbus Military has continued its flight test programme to prove the A400M's ability to undergo inflight refuelling, with a new series of...

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