At least three dead after military plane crashes in Spain
SEVILLE, Spain — At least three people are dead and two seriously injured after a military plane crashed Saturday about a mile north of Seville’s airport in southern Spain, the emergency service for the Andalucia region said.
Spain’s aviation authority said at least eight people were on board the plane, which is owned by Airbus and was on a test flight.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy confirmed via Twitter that those aboard the plane were Spanish citizens and Airbus employees, and expressed his condolences.
Rajoy’s governing Popular Party tweeted that the plane involved was an Airbus A400M.
Emergency services are at the crash scene, the aviation authority said, where a fire has sent up a column of smoke visible from various points in the Andalusian city.
The Seville government’s official Twitter page said work to extinguish the fire was underway.
The crash has led to power outages in some areas, the Seville government said.
The incident has disrupted travel to and from Seville airport Saturday afternoon, with some flights canceled and others diverted or delayed.
Rajoy’s party said he had canceled a planned meeting on the Spanish island of Tenerife following news of the crash.