An Airbus A400M military airlifter crashed in Spain on its first flight May 9, killing several flight test crew.

The loss, the first involving an A400M, occurred shortly after takeoff from Seville's San Pablo airport, the home of Airbus Defense and Space’s final assembly line and flight test facility for the aircraft. The aircraft came down on land near an industrial area north east of the airport at 1 p.m. Seville local time.

Airbus has confirmed that of the six personnel onboard, two have been rescued alive and taken to hospital. They are said to be in serious condition.

The company said that all the crew members are Airbus Defence and Space employees of Spanish nationality. 

Seville Airport closed while firefighters responded to the incident, but it was able to reopen during the early afternoon.

Airbus Defense and Space said the aircraft involved was MSN23, an aircraft destined for the Turkish Air Force. According to flight tracking service Flightradar 24, the aircraft, callsign CASA423 was making its first flight after ground testing.

It was scheduled for delivery next month.

The company said it had opened a crisis room and that an investigative go-team was on its way to Seville to begin an investigation.

The U.K. defense ministry said it has halted operations with its two A400Ms until more details about the cause of the accident emerge.

The French defense ministry declined to comment Monday on the crash or its impact to the French A400M fleet.

“There will be no press release, we stick with what has been said by the defense minister,” a French air force spokesman said May 11, referring to Jean-Yves Le Drian's May 10 statement during a ceremony in Brittany, in which he said France would continue with “priority flights” of its six aircraft until the investigation uncovers the root cause of the incident.

“All our A400M are currently in operation,” he said, adding that the French fleet has accumulated 1,700 flights hours to date. “It is a high quality, very efficient aircraft. We'll support Airbus in order to discover what happened, what are the responsibilities, in all transparency.”

The accident comes at a tricky time for Airbus Defense and Space as the company has been re-juggling the program’s schedule because of delays in the development of the aircraft’s tactical capabilities.  

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