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Service to be held for Madrid plane crash victims

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Service to be held for Madrid plane crash victims


A religious service will be held on September 1 in the Spanish capital for the 153 people killed in the Madrid plane crash.

Attempts to identify the badly burned bodies of the dead were continuing today. Remains are being stored at a morgue where victims of the Madrid train bombings of 2004 were taken.

In the Spanish press, speculation about what triggered the the accident is intensifying. Much focus is on whether or not a fire broke out in one of the plane’s engines as it tried to take-off for the Canary Islands.

Mechanical problems had been reported and the Spanair flight was attempting to get arirborne for the second time when the tragedy happened. There were only 19 survivors.

Passengers were travelling with the airline from Madrid today amid claims that some on board the doomed plane wanted to get off but were not allowed to do so.

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