The King Of Spain Needs A New Plane

Apr 16, 2014, 11:49 PM

EDITORIAL: What appears to be another minor incident with one of Spain’s VIP aircraft could have much more serious systemic implications for the country if the problem is not properly solved.

One of the aircraft flown by the Spanish Air Force’s 45 Group—that uses Airbus A310s and five Falcon 900Bs to transport the Spanish King, Queen, Prince and Prime Ministers around the world on state business—has broken down for the fifth time in six months.

This time it was a dodgy fuel valve leading to the left engine. On previous occasions, it has been a short-circuit in the flaps wiring, a wonky…

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