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    The Airbus A400M plane reportedly hit an electric power line as the pilots tried to make an emergency landing, Spanish media said Saturday.

    The A400M military aircraft, which crashed just a minute after taking off from Seville airport on Saturday, hit an electric power line as it attempted an emergency landing, El Mundo newspaper reported, citing an eyewitness account.

    There were six people on board the new Airbus A400M transport plane which reportedly developed a fault just after take-off on a test flight.

    Four were killed and two were seriously injured in the crash.  Local media said that those on board were Spanish Airbus employees.

    Shortly after Saturday’s tragedy Airbus Defense and Space sent out a team of its experts to Spain to investigate.

    The Airbus A400M Atlas is a multi-national four-engine turboprop military transport plane designed by Airbus Military as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft, such as the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules. The A400M can perform mission roles other than transportation, including electronic surveillance and aerial refueling.

    About 194 planes have been ordered by eight countries, including Spain, France and the UK.

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