CASA Crash

Questions and concerns about the safety and reliability of EADS CASA aircraft, and about the reliability of EADS as a U.S. defense partner

20 December 2006

Parallels with ill-fated A380 upset EADS CASA chief

The president of EADS CASA doesn't appreciate journalists' questions that liken the problems of the A400M military transport with the trouble-plagued EADS A380 jetliner.

EADS has lost billions of dollars because of manufacturing problems in the A380 program. EADS CASA President Francisco Fernandez didn't hide his distaste for the questions at a ceremony for delivery of the first A400M vertical stabilizer.

The Spanish news agency EFE reports, "The president of the company appeared upset by some questions from journalists who reminded him that some of the causes of the tail of the giant A380 airplane . . . coincided with the deficiences detected in the outside audit of the A400M."

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