A330 crash: Press Release

From:         Pete Mellor <pm@csr.city.ac.uk>
Date:         06 Jul 94 00:52:20 
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The following are the contents of a fax message sent to me today by 
Dan Hawkes of the CAA (to whom my thanks). 

Peter Mellor, Centre for Software Reliability, 
City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB 
Tel: +44 (71) 477-8422, Fax.: +44 (71) 477-8585, 
E-mail (JANET): p.mellor@csr.city.ac.uk 
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AI/GC-I 22/94R                             30th June 1994 

Issue 1 

A330 FLIGHT TEST ACCIDENT, 30TH JUNE 1994 

Airbus Industrie regrets to confirm that a flight test A330, 
powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4168 engines, crashed at 17.50 
today at Blagnac Airport, Toulouse, within the airport boundary. 
Seven people were on board the aircraft: four members of Airbus 
Industrie personnel, including the Chief Test Pilot, and three 
airline pilots. There were no survivors. 

The aircraft involved in the accident was serial number 042, which 
made its first flight on 14th October 1993 and had accumulated 
362 flight hours as part of Airbus Industrie A330 flight test 
programme. 

The flight being undertaken aimed to test a new autopilot 
standard intended for certification with Pratt & Whitney engines 
for all-weather Category III operations. 

The test was planned to take place with maximum aft centre of gravity, 
at minimum speed and with maximum angle of climb. 

Immediately after take-off, once the maximum flight attitude was 
reached (between 25 and 30 degrees), the test sequence involved 
switching on the aircraft's autopilot, simulating an engine failure 
and cutting off the engine's associated hydraulic circuit. 

For reasons which are yet to be determined, the aircraft suffered 
a sudden loss of lateral control. Although it would appear that 
the pilot regained control, the altitude of the aircraft was too low 
to avoid impact with the ground, especially bearing in mind the 
extreme conditions of this particular test flight. 

For further information, please contact: 
AIRBUS INDUSTRIE - PRESS DEPARTMENT 
Tel.: (33) 61.93.33.87 or 61.93.34.31 

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The following announcement was appended:- 

IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET THAT THE MANAGEMENT INFORMS YOU OF THE 
LOSS OF OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES: 

NICK WARNER (Former CAA Chief Test Pilot) 

JEAN PIERRE PETIT 

MICHEL CAIS 

PHILIPPE TOURNOUX 

KEITH HULSE 

CAPT. ALBERTO NASSETI OF ALITALIA 

CAPT. PIER PAOLO RACCHETTI OF ALITALIA 

IN THE A330 ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED YESTERDAY EVENING AT BLAGNAC. 

AN APPROPRIATE REMEMBRANCE WILL BE HELD OF WHICH YOU WILL BE INFORMED. 

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