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Accident of A400M in Seville

Saturday 9th of May 2015, a fatal accident involving an A400M happened in Seville, Spain. It was the first flight of the production aircraft MSN 023. A crew of 6 members was on board, two Test Pilots and four Flight Test Engineers. As consequence of the crash four people died: the two test pilots and two Flight Test Engineers. The other two were severely injured. The two test pilots deceased were: Jaime de Gandarillas and Manuel Regueiro. The Flight Test Engineers were Gabriel Garcia Prieto and Jesualdo Martínez. From the SFTE we would like to express our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims, and the full Spanish flight test community.

Jesualdo Martínez Ródenas.
He was Major in the spanish airforce. Military pilot, he completed the Master in Flight Test from the University Polytechnic of Madrid. He started to work for Airbus Defence & Space as Test Engineer in the P-3 modernisation program. Later he became involved in all the turboprop test programs from the company (CN-235 and C-295). Recently he was assigned to the A400M program as Flight Test Engineer.

He was married, with two sons.
Jesualdo joined the Society in 2013. He participated in the European symposium in Braunschweig and in the international symposium in Forth Worth. He was currently the European representative in the Technical Council.

We all will miss his enthusiasm and strength. He was always ready to participate and, really became a strong support for the society in a very short time. From the flight test community we would like to express our condolences and sorrow to family and friends.