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Grief mixed with anger after Madrid plane tragedy

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Grief mixed with anger after Madrid plane tragedy


Anguish is turning to anger as relatives of the 153 people killed in the Madrid plane crash demand explanations over why their loved ones perished. Struggling with shock, sorrow and the painful process of helping identify the badly-burned bodies, some of the bereaved are reaching breaking point.

Javier Nunez told reporters he lost two children and his grandson. He expressed rage and frustration with the airline Spanair over a lack of information. “I don’t want politicians by my side. What I want is a solution,” he said. “An explanation.” “Since they could not prevent what happened, we have to find a solution now.”

He was speaking after victims’ families were visited by Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister. Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega has pledged a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Funerals have already been held for some of those onboard the doomed aircraft that crashed on take-off from Madrid Airport on Wednesday. In one service, a 21-year-old was laid to rest in Salamanca when he should have been in the Canary Islands, attending the baptism of a friend’s child.

Only 19 people survived the tragedy. For everyone else travelling on SpanAir Flight JK5022, a memorial service will be held in Madrid in ten days time.

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