As I said, no A340 crashed so far. The A340-200 you mention, caught fire overnight during a maintenance check on 20 Jan 1994. The aircraft was Msn 10, had the registration F-GNIA and was leased to Sabena.
So, Skippy, neither "The A340-400 prototype kept crashing"
, nor can we blame the "defective French-designed FBW system"
for that fire, nor is it true, that Airbus "quietly abandoned the project, depending on the lapdog European media to keep it all hush-hush."
But I think, we have an anti-Airbus media hush-hushing many things and many members here telling big fat lies about Airbus.
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