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Huge RAF A400 soars over Leeds ‘scaring life’ out of residents days after Glasgow flight


The people of Leeds were treated to the aviation spectacle as it circled over the West Yorkshire city. Residents of Glasgow were treated to a similar sight this week sparking speculation as to why the majestic aircraft had taken to the skies.

One photographer managed to capture a few shots of the A400 last night, saying on Twitter: “RAF Atlas A400 XM418 Ascot489 doing circuits over Leeds just now.

“Managed to capture these from Rothwell.”

Another resident also captured a shot of the aircraft.

Also taking to social media, Dale Myers said: “It is an Airbus A400M RAF ZM418 – call sign Ascot.

“The photo was taken in Stanley, Wakefield. It came through at 3,500ft.”

One man said the sight of the aeroplane “scared the life out of me.”

The massive aircraft, worth a staggering £160m is Europe’s answer to the US-made Boeing C-17 Globemaster.

Both the C-17 and the A400 were designed to replace the veteran, yet highly successful, Lockheed C-130, also known as the Hercules.

The Airbus A400M, also known as the Atlas, is operated by the Royal Air Force.

On its website, the RAF says: “It will accommodate as many as 116 fully-equipped troops; vehicles; helicopters, including a Chinook; mixed loads, including nine aircraft pallets and 54 passengers, or combinations of vehicles, pallets and personnel, up to a payload of 37 tonnes.”

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The aircraft’s maiden flight took place in December 2009 from Seville airport in Spain.

France took delivery of the first unit, with the country also seeing the plane in its first operational role in 2013 when it supported French troops in Mali.

An A400M crashed on May 9, 2015, when aircraft MSN23, on its first test flight crashed shortly after take-off from San Pablo airport in Seville, Spain, killing four Spanish Airbus crew and seriously injuring two others.

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Once airborne, the crew contacted air traffic controllers just before the crash about a technical failure, before colliding with an electricity pylon while attempting an emergency landing.

The crash was attributed to the FADEC system being unable to read engine sensors properly due to an accidental file-wipe, resulting in three of its four propeller engines remaining in “Idle” mode during take-off.

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