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Airbus A400M Military Jet Crash Kills Three In Spain

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At least three people were killed when an Airbus A400M military plane crashed near Seville airport in southern Spain on Saturday.
 
Airbus Defence and Space, the Airbus division responsible for military aircraft, said the plane was destined for Turkey. The plane was undergoing flight trials at the airport. 
 
The group sent a team of experts to the crash scene.
 
"There are at least three dead and two seriously injured," a spokesman for the emergency services said.
 
The crash raises questions about the safety of the propeller-driven transport aircraft.
 
The plane crashed in a non-residential area around a mile north of Seville airport, which was closed to traffic for about an hour.
 
Airport authority AENA said on Twitter that the airport's firefighters were at the scene of the crash, "beyond the airport's perimeter." 
 
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said there had been "eight to 10 people on board".
 
Speaking on Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, where he was attending a campaign meeting, he sent his condolences to the victims, Spanish news agencies reported.
 
Aviation sources confirmed the plane was one of Airbus' new A400M troop transporters, which are assembled at a factory in Seville.
 
If confirmed as an accident, it would be the first since the aircraft, which was fraught by development and shipping delays, went into service.
 
In Britain, the Ministry of Defence said it had suspended Airbus A400M aircraft operations suspended in the wake of the crash in Spain involving the same model.
 
(Agencies)


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