Spain withdraws flying permit for Airbus A400Ms in production until accident's cause is known

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Spain's Defense Ministry says it has withdrawn flying permission for Airbus A400M planes in production phase until an investigation determines the cause of a crash last weekend near the southern city of Seville that killed two pilots and two flight test engineers.

Minister Pedro Morenes told Spain's Onda Cero radio Tuesday that "it's not a good idea for those planes in production phase, and about to do tests, to fly without knowing what really happened with the (crashed) plane."

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He said all precautions must be taken.

Morenes said he had no details on the investigation's progress.

Four of the five countries that already have A400Ms — Britain, Germany, Malaysia and Turkey — have grounded the plane. France, which has six, says it will only use the aircraft in urgent operations.