153 Dead in Spanish Plane Crash

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8/20/08 7:31:53PM
"The death toll from a passenger plane crash at Madrid's Barajas airport has risen to 153, Spain's government says.

Nineteen people survived when the plane swerved off the runway but some are in critical condition, said Development Minister Magdalena Alvarez.

It is thought the left engine caught fire as the Spanair flight took off for the Canary Islands at about 1420 (1220 GMT) with 172 people on board.

Helicopters dumped water on the burning plane and some 70 ambulances attended.

Spain's development minister told a news conference that investigators had ruled out foul play and considered the crash an accident."

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My thoughts go out to all those who have been involved in this tragic event.
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