An accident occurred at Airbus Saint-Martin site in Toulouse yesterday 15th November at 5 pm local time, when engine-run-ups were being carried out on an A340-600, MSN 856 (to be A6-EHG), which was due to be delivered to Etihad in the coming days.
The A340-600 jumped its chocks during an engine test and the nose went up and through a blast fence. The airplane has been substantial damaged.
There were nine persons on board out of them five people sustained injuries. There are no fatalities.
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.
An investigation has started yesterday night and Airbus is providing full support to the official investigation authorities in France.