Spain hails passersby who helped military air crash survivors

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Spanish authorities on Sunday hailed as heroes three people who helped rescue two survivors of an Airbus A400M military plane crash near Seville airport that killed four people the previous day.

“Talking with Manuel, the farmer who saved the injured of the A400M crash in Seville. A hero for all of us,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wrote in a Twitter message alongside a photo of him meeting with one of the three rescuers.

Manuel and two other people who were near Seville airport when the military plane crashed Saturday during a test flight with six people on board rushed to the scene and helped pull the two survivors from the windows of the plane, according to Spanish media reports.

The pair was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“What we have to do during times like this is acknowledge the attitude of these three citizens, which must be recognised by society,” the head of the regional government of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, told reporters.