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Seville Airport Shut Down After Plane Crash

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | May 09, 2015

Seville Airport Shut Down After Plane Crash

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Spain’s San Pablo Airport in Seville was shut down almost two hours today in the aftermath of a military plane crash that killed at least three, the Associated Press reported.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy revealed up to 10 crew members were flying on the new Airbus A400M aircraft. The large, propeller-driven plane was undergoing flight trials at the airport, located in the southwestern area of the country.

An Interior Ministry spokeswoman speaking under the condition of anonymity told the AP that two crew survived the crash, and were taken to local hospitals. One has serious burns. She said three bodies have been recovered from the remains of the aircraft.

Spain's air traffic controllers commented on Twitter that the pilots of the plane had radioed to them that a fault was affecting the flight. This was followed by the crash, occurring a mile north of the airport, just outside the perimeter fence.  

The Spanish airport authority AENA reported the airport had been closed for a little over one-and-a-half hours while airport fire crews doused the flaming wreckage. Incoming flights were diverted to Malaga and Jerez airports. Flight Radar 24 via Twitter is showing flights from Paris and Brussels waved off from a Seville landing.

AENA also said the crash knocked out power in the suburb of Carmona at an industrial estate.

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