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20 Aug 2008 00:00 by irenemontague Star rating in liverpool/carvajal . 948 posts Send private message

Hi all a plane crash in spain madrids airport irene
 

A passenger plane has crashed on take-off at Madrid's Barajas airport, killing at least 45 people and seriously injuring 19. 

A passenger plane has crashed on take-off at Madrid's Barajas airport, killing at least 45 people and seriously injuring 19.

However, a source for the emergency services reported about 150 fatalities, saying: "They are pulling out burnt corpses. The plane has been completely destroyed."

The national government's office in Madrid said at least 19 people are seriously hurt while 35 were unharmed. Dozens of emergency vehicles are at the scene.

A large cloud of smoke billowed at Terminal Four from the remains of flight JK5022's MD82 jet for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

There were 166 passengers and six crew onboard, according to Scandianvian airline SAS, which owns Spanair and has been trying to sell it since last year.

SAS said: "The aircraft, an MD-82, was en route from Madrid to Las Palmas when the accident occurred, at 14:23 hours local time. We can confirm that there were 166 passengers and six crew onboard."

Dozens of shocked relatives began arriving at Las Palmas airport on the island of Gran Canaria, where they were whisked into a room away from the press and comforted by Red Cross psychiatrists.

There was no immediate official comment on the cause of the accident but the newspaper El Mundo quoted a source on its website as saying the plane's left engine had caught fire.




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20 Aug 2008 17:23 by semijubilada Star rating in London/Torrevieja. 1073 posts Send private message

I've just heard the news on the radio, makes your blood run cold doesn't it.



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20 Aug 2008 17:24 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 7681 posts Send private message

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Yes, Irene, awful.

BBC NEWS & VIDEO FOOTAGE

Very sad news. At least the services could reach the plane & bodies can be recovered, unlike if a crash occurs mid air, hardly consolation of families though, I realise that.

Unofficial from emergency services, only 26 survivors.

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