140 people were killed today when a plane at Madrid airport caught on fire and overshot the runway on takeoff.
The passengers were headed to the Canary Islands, a popular tourist spot.
The Times Online reported:
Some 140 people were killed today when a packed passenger jet caught fire and overshot the runway as it tried to take off from Madrid airport, official sources said.
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The Spanair plane, with 173 passengers and crew aboard, crashed and broke apart as it tried to take off from Terminal 4 at the Barajas airport. It was heading for Las Palmas airport on the island of Gran Canaria.
The Reuters news agency quoted sources in the emergency services as saying that all but about 25 of those aboard had been killed – far ahead of initial death tolls given by officials.
The Mail said the plane broke in two.