Out-of-town relatives of Madrid plane crash victims spent the night at a hotel in the city, after trying to identify the bodies of their loved ones.
For some, there had been no news. Some of the corpses pulled from the wreckage were so badly burned, they can only be identified by DNA tests.
The government says this could take up to two days or more.
For others, there was grief as the worst was confirmed.
One man was told his 23-year-old son had died.
“You can imagine the pain I feel. It was his birthday today. We took him to the airport,” he said.
There was little more positive news on the survivors of the crash. According to a health official, 10 are in a “very serious” and “serious” condition in hospital.
Wednesday’s tragedy will be felt around the world. According to a Spanair passenger list, there were passengers from Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Chile, as well as Spain, on the flight.