Airbus military plane crashes near Spain's Seville airport

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An investigation into the crash is underway, as Sophie Tran-Thomson reports

At least four people have been killed in a military plane crash near Seville airport in Spain.

The plane, a new Airbus A400M, reportedly developed a fault just after take-off on a test flight.

Local media say that those on board were Spanish Airbus employees. Two have also been seriously injured.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has expressed his sorrow over the incident which took place about 1.6km (1 mile) away from San Pablo airport.

Local media say that the plane had signalled that there was a fault with its systems just before the crash.

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One of the rescuers has said that some of the plane had been turned to "ash"
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The plane reportedly hit an electric power line

The plane reportedly hit an electric power line as the pilots tried to make an emergency landing.

The survivors have been taken to hospital by helicopter. A Spanish interior ministry spokesman told The Associated press news agency that one person had been conscious when they were taken out of the wreckage.

Mr Rajoy said the government was ready to support the families of all of those involved in the accident.

The accident took place in a field just north of San Pablo airport. According to local media, the crash site is close to the Airbus manufacturing plant which assembles the planes.

The Airbus A400M plane model is not yet used by the Spanish military. It is a large transport aircraft that has been ordered by eight countries including Spain to replace a fleet of ageing Hercules aircraft.

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The survivors have been taken to hospital by helicopter

Airbus has said that the plane that crashed had been ordered by Turkey.

Local media report that the Spanish government has also agreed to buy 27 of the planes, with the first one due to be delivered to the military next year.

The British Ministry of Defence has temporarily suspended use of its two A400M aircraft, as a precaution.