Jacksonville, Florida (WiredPRNews.com) — According to a breaking report by Reuters, 45 passengers were killed in a Spanair jet crash upon takeoff in the Spanish city of Madrid today. The Spanish government said that although 45 died, an emergency service source totaled some 150 deaths due to the accident.
Black smoke saturated the air over Terminal Four spilling from what remained of flight JK5022’s MD82 jet headed toward Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The jet took off from the runway with a load of 164 people and nine crew members, as per Spanair, subsidiary of Scandinavian Airlines Systems. Of the 45 confirmed deaths, 19 passengers were critically injured and 35 walked away unscathed.
The numbers of deaths appears to be ambiguous. A source at the emergency services explained that death toll was much higher with only about 25 people surviving the accident. The source said, “They are pulling out burnt corpses. The plane has been completely destroyed.”
Psychiatrists from the Red Cross immediately came to the scene and comforted grieving relatives as they arrived at Las Palmas airport in Gran Canaria.
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