British holidaymakers are feared to be amongst the victims after a plane shot off a runway and blew up at Madrid Airport. More than 150 are thought to have been killed when the Spanair jet en route to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands made a crash landing at the busy international airport. “They are pulling out burnt corpses. The plane has been completely destroyed,” said a source from the emergency services. Dramatic pictures of the crash at Barajas Airport in the Spanish capital show plumes of smoke billowing from the MD-82 jet as emergency services work to recover survivors and helicopters drop water on the burning plane. There are conflicting reports of fatalities but emergency services said that only about 26 of 175 or so passengers have survived. Many are thought to be holidaymakers – from Germany and Britain – on their way to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Local newspaper El Mundo claimed that at least 150 have died and many others are severely injured and unlikely to survive. The Government has confirmed 100 dead. Pictures are emerging of casualties arriving at La Paz hospital where there is a burns unit. Local newspaper El Mundo reported that one of the craft’s engines… Read full this story
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