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article imageMadrid Crash Kills At Least 90 Passengers Aboard Spanair Flight

By KJ Mullins     Aug 20, 2008 in Travel
Most are feared to have been killed after a plane veered off the runway at Madrid's Barajas Airport. The death toll stands at 90 and climbing.
It has been reported that there was an explosion on board the plane.
26 passengers have been taken to hospital. Local officials have told CNN's Spanish sister station CNN+ that they are the only survivors aboard the Spanair flight. The flight had 172 passengers on board at take off.
The Spanair Flight 5022 was on the runway headed to the Canary Islands when the accident took place.
The Red Cross has set up a field hospital at the airport to treat those injured and offer counseling for the families of the victims.
Spanish journalist Carlota Fomina spoke to passengers that said there was an explosion and fire at the back of the plane.
The flight was a code-share flight with Lufthansa Airline. Because of the airline connection it is believed that some of the passengers may have been German.
Barajas Airport closed for a little more than two hours after the crash. It has reopened for a limited number of take-offs and landings.
It is the first fatal airline crash at the airport since the 1983 accident of two Spanish airliners colliding while taxiing for takeoff that claimed 93 souls.
An investigation team is being sent to Madrid by the United States' National Transportation Safety Board. The plane involved is an American made McDonnell Douglas MD-82.
Spanair has an emergency number for family members , +34 800-400-200.
More news will follow as it becomes available.
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