Australia — Defence Statement on in-flight incident

An in-flight inci­dent occurred dur­ing a train­ing flight for Air­bus Mil­i­tary staff, involv­ing an Aus­tralian KC-30A Mul­ti-Role Tanker Trans­port (MRTT) air­craft and a Por­tuguese Air Force F‑16 fight­er air­craft.

The air­craft was being oper­at­ed by Air­bus Mil­i­tary Cor­po­ra­tion. No Aus­tralian per­son­nel were on board the MRTT at the time of the inci­dent.

The inci­dent result­ed in the detach­ment and par­tial loss of the refu­elling boom from the MRTT, which fell into the sea.

Both air­craft suf­fered some dam­age but returned safe­ly to their home air­fields.

Project AIR 5402 will sup­ply five MRTT air­craft to the Aus­tralian Defence Force. Design, devel­op­ment and test­ing of the pro­to­type air­craft is being under­tak­en by Air­bus Mil­i­tary at its facil­i­ties in Madrid, Spain.

Air­bus Mil­i­tary and the rel­e­vant Euro­pean mil­i­tary air­wor­thi­ness author­i­ties will have the lead respon­si­bil­i­ty for inves­ti­gat­ing the inci­dent.

Aus­tralian Defence experts will par­tic­i­pate in the inves­ti­ga­tion process.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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