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16 November 2007
Commercial Aircraft

Industrial accident at Airbus facility - Saint Martin site

Following the regrettable accident that occurred at the Airbus Saint-Martin site (close to Toulouse) yesterday 15th November at 5 pm local time, Airbus reports that of the five injured people, three remain in hospital. Two were released between yesterday night and this morning. Of the three persons remaining in hospital, one is an employee of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), a service provider for Etihad Airways, and two are Airbus employees. Airbus and ADAT are providing all necessary support to the persons involved and their families.  The accident involved an A340-600 (MSN 856), which was carrying out engine-run-ups and was due to be delivered to Etihad in the coming days.  An investigation has started yesterday night and Airbus is providing full support to the official investigation authorities in France.  Ground tests including engine-run-ups are a normal procedure on all Airbus aircraft.  Airbus expresses its sympathy and support to the families and friends of the persons concerned.  Editors? note: Airbus will release further information as soon as it is available.

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