Airbus A-320 with 7 aboard crashes into Mediterranean

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  1. seesul

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    PARIS, France (CNN) — A plane with seven people aboard crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, a French regional government official told CNN.

    The Airbus A320 Air New Zealand jet was on a training flight when the crash occurred about 5 p.m. (11 a.m. ET), said the official at the Maritime Prefecture in Toulon, France.

    There were no immediate reports of survivors, but rescue efforts involving French navy vessels and a helicopter had been launched. Floating debris had been located, the official said.

    The test flight took off from Perpignan in southern France, the official said. A civilian vessel saw the crash take place off the coast near Perpignan.

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    An Air New Zealand A320 with 7 people onboard? Hmmm...
     
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    Ah.. training is a catch all phrase.

    Wonder what was on the flight test plan. Could have been anything from a return to service flight, a route qualification flight, or perhaps a test of new systems/equipment.

    Thanks Seesul. Unfortunately, I suspect the worst for the crew. God bless 'em.
     
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    Agree Matt, and I would hate to think its a case of "let's see what this does" or crew distraction, in either case having been on a few post maintenance test flights on some heavy iron, I pray for the crew and their families.
     
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    He crashed on the way from the maintenance inspection. Pilot tried to crash land on water...
     
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    God, that's horrible...
     
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    They found one body in the sea, the others are missing...
    Machine with 7.000 flight hours.
     
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    The aircraft was Air NZ owned but leased to a german group XL, the german crew were in control of the machine during a handover flight to return it to Air NZ.

    It wasnt a training flight in any aspect
     
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    That's actually low time for an airliner

    Sometimes after maintenance or during a handover the crew may arrange for training of other crews en route. I actually participated in such events. Tragically it seems this didn't work out too well.
     
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    The aircraft was built in 2005.

    We would do the same thing, especially if we had to get time on the bird after the test flight to do torque checks or something.
     
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