Turkey grounds its Airbus A400Ms after deadly Spain crash

This comes a day after Germany decided to ground its model of the aircraft

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Turkey’s air force temporarily grounded its two Airbus A400Ms on Sunday after a model of the aircraft crashed in Spain on Saturday, Turkish media reported.

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Airbus, the plane’s manufacturer, is contracted to provide 10 four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft to Turkey by 2018.

This comes a day after Germany decided to ground its A400M, Reuters news agency reported.

Turkey’s and Germany’s decision echoes a decision taken by Britain’s Royal Air Force after the crash, in which four people died.

"The (Air Force) chief of staff has suspended operations until further notice," a German defence spokesman said.

There was no immediate word from France, Malaysia and which also operate the aircraft.

Turkey bought its first 1400M aircraft in 2014 after months of controversy over whether the aircraft met the technical standards set by the Turkish air force.

Separately, Turkey is a 5.5 percent shareholder in the A400M program, Hurriyet Daily News reported adding that Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) has supplied fuselage and wing parts for the plane to Bremen, Germany, and Filton, England, for integration before final assembly in Seville, Spain.

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